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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.

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