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Greening the desert of FE research is proving tricky

Despite cash being offered to fertilise pilots and initiatives, uptake has been slow

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While research plays an integral role in higher education, its status in FE is more difficult to define. Dedicated conferences in the sector have remained isolated events, and what limited research does take place is often on a small scale.

So when the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) announced in July 2016 that it was moving into post-16 education and making £5 million available for projects to boost the prospects of students without good GCSE passes in maths and English, the move was welcomed by the sector. But six months on, only four projects have attracted support from the EEF.

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