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GET READY TO FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL

GET READY TO FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL OF ADULT AND COMMUNITY LEARNING

Flower arranging, basket-weaving, pilates for pensioners. As far as many politicians are concerned, adult and community learning (ACL) amounts to little more than a means by which taxpayers' hard-earned cash is siphoned off to subsidise people's hobbies. As if it needed saying, this is a crassly simplistic argument that fails to acknowledge the impact such providers have by offering new skills and qualifications to hundreds of thousands of learners each year.

Back in 2011, it was left to the FE and skills minister of the time, John Hayes, to fight the sector's corner and protect the safeguarded £210 million ACL fund. On most policies - not least renewable energy and immigration - Hayes is known for expressing views beloved by those to the right of the Conservative Party. But Hayes instinctively understood the value of adult education. Read more...

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