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FE are taking the Augar Review seriously, here’s our response…

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FE are taking the Augar Review seriously, here’s our response…

Why education is central to the Augar Review

In an article published in TES last week City Lit Principal Mark Malcomson comments on Augar’s recommendations on behalf of the Institutes of Adult Learning, making it clear that adult education needs to be considered as integral to any future Government approach.  Key points include:

  • Opportunity to reform post-18 education with forthcoming Spending Review where all-age learning is the norm.

  • Closely aligned with FE Colleges supporting 120K students each year the Institutes for Adult Learning (IAE) is already at the heart of the Reviews vision of a ‘National Education Network’ vision that builds an adult education service fit for the 21st century.

  • There need to be clearer pathways for learners who want to progress from entry-level through to accredited FE and beyond, especially those who are returning to education later in life.

  • Skills shortages as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation will change the workplace beyond recognition fuelling the need to establish a culture where learning for life is the norm.

  • Education should encompass diverse ages, backgrounds and objectives such as social, personal and economic. An overarching education system that looks at all stages of life and the learning needed for people and society to prosper would be truly revolutionary. 

Read the full article >


FE are taking the Augar Review seriously

Colleges join forces…

This week the leaders of more than 200 further education colleges in England have written and signed an open letter to the government on the implementation of the Augar Review.

A total of 203 principals wrote to chancellor Phillip Hammond and education secretary Damian Hinds, calling for the government to follow the recommendations of the recent post-18 education review.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges said:

"It is extraordinary to have every leader in every general further education college in the country collaborate like this. But then these are extraordinary times. These college leaders are uniquely placed at the hearts of their communities, working closely with local, national and international business, supporting individuals to get on in life, and driving the social mobility agenda.

Government needs to listen to them if they’ve got any chance of tackling the major issues this country faces, now and in the future."

Read the full article including key extracts of the letter on the AoC website >

Read more on FE Week >