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Make or break: a crucial month for further education

T levels, funding and apprenticeships are three of the pressing issues to be addressed at AoC conference

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In less than a fortnight, the Association of Colleges (AoC) annual conference begins in Birmingham. This year’s event is at a crucial time for the sector, a week before chancellor Philip Hammond’s autumn budget.

The two-day event, from 14-15 November at the International Convention Centre, comes as colleges across England are coming to terms with the impeding introduction of T levels, the implementation of the apprenticeship levy and the continuing challenges posed by GCSE resits in maths and English.

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