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Further education colleges in England face losing financial independence

The Guardian - Higher Education

Government likely to treat FE sector as ‘big schools’, removing autonomy over borrowing and investment Further education (FE) colleges are likely to be treated as “big schools” by the government and lose critical financial independence, after a ruling reclassified colleges in England as part of central government.

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A Vice-Chancellor writes: Those arguing for a graduate tax should look at the experience of Further Education – and be careful what they wish for

HEPI

While much ink has been spilt on both the positives and negatives of such an approach, I think one of the most compelling arguments against implementing such as system is to look at how other areas of our education system which are funded through direct taxation have faired – namely further education.

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A new pathway into digital education careers

Wonkhe

If you want to become a learning technologist in higher or further education, there's now an apprenticeship at level 5 that can get you there. ALT's Maren Deepwell, Helen O'Sullivan, and Billy Smith tell us more The post A new pathway into digital education careers appeared first on Wonkhe.

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What would be the impact of the freedom of speech bill on colleges?

Wonkhe

Further education colleges are used to being overlooked and underfunded – but the free speech bill will have serious consequences for the sector, argues Julian Gravatt. The post What would be the impact of the freedom of speech bill on colleges? appeared first on Wonkhe.

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Accelerating the sector’s journey to net zero

Wonkhe

Higher and further education providers urgently need to get better at measuring and reporting their carbon footprint. EAUC interim chief executive Fiona Goodwin introduces a new standardised carbon emissions framework. The post Accelerating the sector’s journey to net zero appeared first on Wonkhe.

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The Tories have sucked the joy from the education system. Here are three ways Labour can bring it back | Polly Toynbee

The Guardian - Higher Education

Keir Starmer should revitalise Sure Start, focus on children’s happiness – and give a crucial boost to further education Our writers and experts name the pledges Labour must include in its manifesto Children became unhappier in the past decade, according to the annual Good Childhood report.

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UK business groups call for more foreign-language teaching in colleges

The Guardian - Higher Education

Exclusive: Report reveals postcode lottery as barely half FE institutions offer some form of language teaching Business groups and language experts are calling on ministers to make linguistic skills a core part of vocational training, after research found young people are unable to study languages at large numbers of further education colleges.