David Hughes

Let’s portray a confident image of FE at conference

Colleges must come together to celebrate what they do and how they contribute to the fabric of people’s lives

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Another autumn and another gathering of the further education sector for a jam-packed conference in Birmingham. I’ve been attending the annual conference of the Association of Colleges (AoC) since the turn of the millennium; this year, though, it will be a bit different.

This is not just because it will be my first as the AoC’s chief executive. That will be a big change, I know, but it will be different, too, because the context in which colleges operate has altered so much in the past six months. The changes stem partly from the Brexit vote and all the implications of that but also from a ...

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