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‘The years of yo-yo change must come to an end’

The government has failed to create ‘conditions for success’ in FE because of the policy upheaval that has resulted from a huge turnover of ministers in recent decades, a new report warns. And the policy that is holding the sector back right now, according to college leaders, is forced GCSE resits. George Ryan investigates

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A change in ministerial personnel can bring with it new ideas, and this is when innovation can be incubated. But policy volatility can have adverse effects on a sector when the rate of churn is as high as it is in further education, which has seen 32 secretaries of state with responsibility for FE in less than 40 years.

In their latest The FE and Skills System report, researchers from the Policy Consortium question whether further education and skills policymakers and stakeholders are creating the conditions for success or failure. Their conclusion is simple, according to report author Tony ...

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