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News: Not­ting­ham Col­lege Sup­ports Love Our Col­leges” Week

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Not­ting­ham Col­lege CEO, John van de Laarschot, is join­ing col­lege Prin­ci­pals, staff, stu­dents and their unions nation­al­ly to call for fair fur­ther edu­ca­tion fund­ing as part of the Asso­ci­a­tion Of Col­leges (AOC) Love Our Col­leges’ campaign. 

Over the last ten years, col­leges have had to deal with an aver­age fund­ing cut of 30%, whilst at the same time, costs (includ­ing pen­sions) have increased dra­mat­i­cal­ly. This has result­ed in a dras­tic drop in learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for adults, few­er hours of teach­ing and sup­port for young peo­ple, and teacher’s pay at less than 80% of schools and sup­port staff see­ing no increase in pay for sev­er­al years. A Sep­tem­ber 2018 Insti­tute for Fis­cal Stud­ies report described fur­ther edu­ca­tion as the biggest los­er’ in edu­ca­tion over the last 25 years.

Mr van de Laarschot, said: 

Col­leges like ours trans­form people’s lives and help peo­ple of all ages and back­grounds to make the most of their tal­ents and ambi­tions through top-class tech­ni­cal edu­ca­tion, basic skills and life­long learn­ing. Deeply root­ed in local com­mu­ni­ties and with broad and deep links to local employ­ers, Fur­ther Edu­ca­tion Col­leges play a cru­cial role in dri­ving social mobil­i­ty and boost­ing local and region­al eco­nom­ic competitiveness.

That’s why I’m call­ing on the Gov­ern­ment to increase 16 – 19 fund­ing by 5% a year for 5 years and to pro­vide excep­tion­al fund­ing, ring-fenced, for teacher pay.”

David Hugh­es, Chief Exec­u­tive, Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­leges, said: 

Every sin­gle day col­leges like Not­ting­ham Col­lege pro­vide a world class edu­ca­tion and trans­form the lives of mil­lions of people.

Col­leges Week is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to cel­e­brate the bril­liant things that go on and a chance to show­case the bril­liant staff that make it pos­si­ble. It is sim­ple, if we want a world-class edu­ca­tion sys­tem then we need to prop­er­ly invest in it.”

The Love Our Col­leges’ cam­paign is a part­ner­ship between Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­leges (AoC), Nation­al Union of Stu­dents (NUS), Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­lege and School Lead­ers (ASCL), Uni­ver­si­ty and Col­leges Union (UCU), Uni­son, GMB, TUC and Nation­al Edu­ca­tion Union (NEU).

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  • 16th October 2018 (9:41 AM)
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