Colleges say ‘swathe of cuts’ threatens adult education

The BBC is reporting warnings from colleges that adult education in England “will not exist by 2020” if government cuts continue…

The Association of Colleges says 190,000 adult education places will go next year, as funding is cut by 24%.

Courses for health, public services and care, and information and communication technology (ICT) could be hardest hit.

The government concedes total funding has been reduced but says it has prioritised apprenticeships and subjects including English and maths.

The Association of Colleges (AoC) represents 336 institutions in England, including general further education, sixth-form, tertiary and land-based colleges.

It says: “Adult education and training in England will not exist by 2020 if the government continues with its swathe of cuts.”

The number of adult students participating in Level 3 courses – including BTecs and NVQs – fell by almost 18% between 2013 and 2014, it says.

And if funding continues to be cut at the current rate, “there will no longer be an adult education system remaining to support students aged 19 and over”…

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) acknowledged budget cuts had been made, but said the most important areas had been protected…

 

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove So message is: if you mess up at school, that’s it. DfE can attempt to justify but ultimately saving is ahead of educating

  2. andrew_1910

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Stopping social mobility, while berating everyone for not improving it, is a stroke of genius.

  3. rdgresident

    SchoolsImprove the Tories don’t want a educated majority. The land-owning classes have always resisted anything but basic education for us

  4. rdgresident

    SchoolsImprove adult education for the over 30’s appears to be available only for those who can afford the high fees. U0001f620

  5. Busy Mum

    @andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Quite a good message to give though – why should children who mess up lessons for the others then expect those others to pay via their taxes for them to have a second chance once they are adults?

  6. Busy Mum

    @andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Quite a good message to give though – why should children who mess up lessons for the others then expect those others to pay via their taxes for them to have a second chance once they are adults?

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