Agnew’s appointment shows colleges are now being taken seriously

Colleges should welcome the announcement that Lord Agnew has become the third government minister to have further education as part of their brief. Especially given the concern some had when Anne Milton was not immediately replaced after resigning from government to protest a no-deal Brexit. He is a distinguished minister, respected by the government, the department and the wider education sector. FE Week reports.

Of course, there will be disagreements over policy and implementation, but his appointment shows the seriousness with which colleges are now being taken. And that’s one of the things we’ve been pushing for with #LoveOurColleges ­ – to be taken seriously at the highest levels of government.

It was reassuring to hear Agnew discuss the need to support struggling colleges and that’s what we’ll be pushing for him, and government to do ­ to fix the roof before the storm hits.

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