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ERIC Number: EJ900018
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Getting the Balance Right
Barber, Brendan; Sedgmore, Lynne; Hoyle, Graham; Searle, Ian; Anderson, Susan; Templeton, Peter; Hartley, Tricia; Thomson, Alastair
Adults Learning, v22 n1 p10-19 Sep 2010
The government is consulting the sector on a new skills strategy and a simplified funding system for further education (FE). Some of the leading players were asked what they made of the government's vision and what they would like to see in the strategy. Brendan Barber warns that spending cuts will undermine many of the positive proposals in the government's skills strategy. Lynne Sedgmore says colleges have a key role to play in creating a genuinely demand-driven system that is responsive to local needs and circumstances. Graham Hoyle argues that the government must be bold and move towards a demand-led open skills market with a single FE budget open to all providers. Ian Searle advises to recognise that all kinds of learning can be worthwhile and give learners greater control over their destinies. Susan Anderson argues that the focus must be on a "bottom-up" approach with employers building partnerships with local providers. Peter Templeton says the proposals don't go far enough in creating a funding and policy framework that sustains adult learning, especially in the most disadvantaged communities. Tricia Hartley suggests that people must support the minister in ensuring that personal development and the joy of learning stand alongside employability in everything they do. Finally, Alastair Thomson says ministers have set out the government's priorities for adult education with energy and passion, but little of that vision appears to have made it into the consultation papers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom