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Transforming FE will transform lives

Policymakers must realise that we need a paradigm shift in the way the sector is funded, organised, regulated, assessed and, ultimately, judged

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I am proud to have been involved in further and adult education for more than 40 years – as a teacher, learner, lecturer, manager, vice-principal, principal and, more recently, as chair of governors at Northern College in Barnsley.

One of the colleges I worked at in Derbyshire was built by the “penny levy”. Coalminers dropped pennies into a can at the pit head every payday until they had enough money to build a small two-roomed schoolhouse, so that they and their families could learn to read and write. Another college in Nottingham was called The People’s College. Its mission statement read: ...

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