College regions pass the test

New report shows reformed sector exceeding targets

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Since its inception in 2012, the government’s reform programme for the further education system has fundamentally changed the college landscape.

Regionalisation, which re-organised and merged Scotland’s colleges into 13 college regions – most with just one, large college – and the introduction of national bargaining on pay and conditions for teaching and support staff, led to uncertainty among staff and students. The fact it coincided with funding cuts for the sector meant most recorded a deficit in their most recent accounts.

But a new report published by the Scottish government today lists ...

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