If 33 per cent of FE was poor would we too get the bouquets? I think not, nor should we, but we need to recognise that teaching the range of reluctant or previously let-down learners means taking risks. In my own college, more than 90 per cent of our full-time learners have numeracy skills at level 1 and below. We have provision from pre-entry to undergraduate, teach on more than 60 sites and make a difference to around 13,000 people.
The country needs FE. Let us work together for continuous, sustained improvement and stop this constant stream of FE bashing.
Head of learning support
Wirral Metropolitan college