Home Tags Further education

Tag: Further education

Scottish universities ask ministers for up to £25m a year to...

University and college leaders in Scotland are pressing the Scottish government to find up to £25m a year to pay for its promise of thousands of extra places for school leavers affected by the exam results crisis. Negotiations are under way after John Swinney, the Scottish education secretary, guaranteed to provide university or college places…

Cuts to university targets in England are insulting to working-class people...

In the midst of a global pandemic, schools, in emergency mode, are fighting hard to ensure pupils can still achieve the grades they need for their next steps in life. And yet this is the moment when the education secretary decides to announce that, actually, there’s no real purpose for so many pupils in England…

Myths around further education policy and student targets | Letters

The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has taken what is now a familiar sideswipe at British higher education, while quite correctly lauding the importance of developing further education (FE) and vocational skills (Ministers to ditch target of 50% of young people in England going to university, 9 July). His assertion, in his speech on FE reform,…

What kind of revolution can follow the Tories’ education crisis?

Gavin Williamson was aware of at least one thing in his speech today in which he promised a revolution in England’s further education sector. “A lot of education secretaries across the years have said they want to support further education,” he told an empty room during his pre-recorded speech. “I know some of you will…

Ministers to ditch target of 50% of young people in England...

Gavin Williamson has criticised the idea of wanting half of all young people to go on to higher education, describing it as an “absurd mantra” and signalling an end to a pledge made by Tony Blair in the 1990s that has been supported by successive governments. The education secretary said he wanted to see a…

Minister lambasts English universities for letting down students

The 20-year crusade to get more young people into higher education appears at an end, after the universities minister accused England’s universities of “taking advantage” of students with dumbed-down courses that left them saddled with debt. In a significant shift in policy, Michelle Donelan declared it was time to “think again” about the government’s use…

Johnson pledges £1bn school rebuilding programme for England

Schools in England are being promised a £1bn rebuilding programme as Boris Johnson commits to giving children a “world-class education” after months out of the classroom, and pledges help for the economy to bounce back from the coronavirus crisis. The 10-year investment plan for upgrades and refurbishments comes ahead of the prime minister’s key speech…

The government must protect universities in this crisis or job cuts...

Colleges and universities deliver vital opportunities and drive economic growth. Yet the current coronavirus crisis is now creating huge financial uncertainty in post-16 education. As the general secretary of the University and College Union, I have today written to the government setting out a plan that will protect universities and colleges so they can play…

In 2015 one Oxford college confessed 96% of its trainees from...

Erin Minogue has vivid memories of her Oxbridge application process. The words hard and daunting crop up frequently as she describes her journey from a Midlands comprehensive, then sixth-form college, to one of the most elite universities in the world. Oxford has felt “one step removed from me”, she explains. “A friend of a friend…

Giving up EU Erasmus plan would ‘blow a hole’ in UK...

Quitting the EU’s Erasmus student exchange programme would “blow a hole” in the UK’s economy, taking away income of £243m a year and depriving 17,000 British young people of valuable work experience, according to a group of education and business leaders. The group, including further education colleges and universities, is calling for the British government…

MOST POPULAR

HOT NEWS