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New challenges, new chances: further education reform proposals

18 August 2011

Following the publication of two strategy documents in November 2010, the government has this week (16 August 2011) launched three consultation papers setting out the next phase of FE reform.

This consultation process is seeking views on how best to implement the governments latest proposals, including; proposals to develop the shape of the sector, provide greater freedom and flexibilities, implement FE loans to encourage shared responsibility, simplify the funding system and review and improve literacy and numeracy provision for adults.

Business Secretary Vince Cable, said "With better informed, more empowered learners and providers freed from petty bureaucracy, post-school adult learning will take its rightful place at the heart of our communities.” The consultation closes on Friday 21 October so whether this noble statement becomes reality once feedback has been collated remains to be seen.

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