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ERIC Number: EJ899957
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Ways of Working Together Better
Graystone, John
Adults Learning, v21 n8 p14-15 Apr 2010
Policies on post-16 education in Wales used to be broadly similar to those in England. But things have moved on. In the 10 years since devolution, the education system in Wales has evolved to reflect the needs and challenges facing Wales. In Wales, there are no Machinery of Government changes. Colleges are directly funded by the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG). The Learning and Skills Council (its Welsh counterpart ELWa was abolished four years ago), the Young People's Learning Agency, the Skills Funding Agency, the National Apprenticeship Service and the Learning and Skills Improvement Service are virtually unknown in Wales. And in spite of (or perhaps because of) the absence of quangos, the FE sector in Wales has done very well. Inspection grades are at an all-time high; student success rates are increasing; and colleges are seen as key drivers in raising skills levels. But, as every high jumper knows, the better colleges perform, the higher the bar is raised. Further education (FE) colleges in Wales are undergoing significant change. This article outlines the Welsh Assembly Government's agenda on the transformation of post-16 education in Wales, with its challenges and potentials. The author says collaboration--rationalising provision and sharing facilities--is at the heart of the change, but the acid test will be whether students, communities and businesses see the benefit.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Wales)