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Let’s call time on talk of FE as the last chance saloon

For too long, the sector has been described as a place of second chances – or even last chances. Instead, we must shout about its huge social impact

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Something is afoot in FE. Let’s call it a zeitgeist – or a fightback, perhaps. After the austerity cuts of recent years, and the accompanying decline in adult learners, a new mood seems to be emerging. Evidenced by the recently published all-party parliamentary group inquiry into adult education and the University and College Union’s “FE: Transforming Lives and Communities” project, there’s a sense of a renewed determination to promote the positive social impacts on people and communities that the sector delivers every day.

Those of us who work in FE know that none of this is new; it’s just we ...

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