With great power comes local responsibility…

Disadvantaged communities need well-resourced, high-quality education on their doorstep, says Andy Forbes

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Sometimes I think we’re so caught up in the worldwide web that we’ve forgotten the importance of the local neighbourhood webs we live in. Working in further education is a daily reminder: colleges are woven deep into the fabric of their local communities.

Further education was spun out across post-war Britain alongside universal secondary education as part of the new welfare state. Across the UK, local authorities invested in new colleges to meet local training and education needs, and the curriculum they offered was closely linked to the local labour market.

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