Government in a spin on funding

29th September 2006 at 01:00
Bill Rammell ("Short on credit", FE Focus, September 22) claims that funding has increased, disadvantaged adults have been prioritised and that resources are focused on those that need it most.

If only this were true. Programmes for those with learning difficulties andor disabilities post-19 have been reduced in quantity, variety and length. And the access to a broad range of educational opportunities designed to meet this marginalised group's needs has declined significantly and may be worse than under the Further Education Funding Council.

In fact, it is harder than ever to find relevant, specific, flexible and progressive educational programmes taught by experienced, qualified and motivated staff.

Funding may have increased but it is not reaching those with specific needs.

Len Parkyn

Downs View Link College, Brighton

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today