David Allison

In Brexit Britain, skills are more vital than ever before

Joining the DfE may bring benefits, but losing FE’s strong links with the business and skills agenda would be a big mistake

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Like many of us, I’ve long complained about the lack of joined-up thinking across education and skills. I’ve had first-hand experience – in various teaching and management roles in primary, secondary, further and higher education – of the perverse incentives that are set up by a dysfunctional funding system.

The funding rules incentivise many institutions to behave in ways that are at best sub-optimal, with a necessary focus on their own financial challenges, rather than being able to guide learners to a range of opportunities that may be appropriate to their needs and aspirations.

So the ...

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