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Gavin Williamson Pledges FE White Paper To Set Out Plans To Build a World-class, German-style Further Education System in Britain

@GavinWilliamson's #FEreform speech in full  In a virtual speech hosted by the Social Market Foundation, the Education Secretary set outs his bold plans on how Further Education will level up the nation.

More people would prefer their children to learn a trade than go to university

More people (48%) would prefer their child to get a vocational qualification after leaving school instead of attending university (37%) or starting work (8%), @SMFthinktank has found.

Three in five young people from lower income households think their life goals are unachievable

@Tesco, in partnership with The @PrincesTrust, commits to help over 45,000 young people jumpstart their career and build employability skills   New report finds that post-pandemic young people nationwide have lowered their ambitions, young people from lower income families have less optimism, less career ambition and feel less equipped to compete in the job market.

Inject at least an extra £1.3 billion a year into adult education to tackle the unemployment crisis

The Social Market Foundation (@SMFthinktank) says that a “disastrous” 50% decline in adult education funding over the last decade has left many low-wage workers poorly prepared for economic change and will hamper the UK economy’s recovery from the crisis.

Good leaders in FE drive improvements in teaching standards and student outcomes

Leading skills: Exploring leadership in Further Education colleges A recent review by the Behavioural Insights Team for the Government found compelling evidence that effective public services leaders are associated with improved organisation performance, productivity and employee well-being.

BTECs significantly increase entry to Higher Education for those from the most disadvantaged areas

New research suggests vocational qualifications can strengthen social mobility - but challenges remain On #ALevelResultsDay one of the key questions facing many young people is whether their new qualifications give an opportunity for progression into higher education.

Universities and FE colleges fear “Hunger Games” battle for students after pandemic

Study Buddies? Competition and collaboration between higher education and further education  This report, supported by the Further Education Trust for Leadership, examines the relationship between further education (FE) and higher education (HE) and assesses how the two sectors cooperate and compete. It finds that whilst there are considerable opportunities for and benefits to collaboration between colleges and universities, unfair and ineffective competition is doing more harm than good.

Skills pledges welcome – but funding must follow

The Government’s new Skills and Post-16 Education Bill offers a “once in a generation” opportunity to restore the UK’s neglected adult education system and provide learners with a second chance after the pandemic, the Social Market Foundation (@SMFthinktank) has said. 

For many, the closure of schools could mean the end of development, the end of learning and a very difficult home situation

#SchoolClosuresUK to disproportionately affect the #learning and development of disadvantaged students, says @SMFthinktank   Yesterday, March 18th, in response to COVID-19, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that schools in England would close from Friday to all children except those of "key workers" and vulnerable children.

Cut National Insurance to help older jobseekers get hired

#100YearLife @AIGinsurance - National Insurance rates should be cut for employers hiring older jobseekers, @SMFthinktank has suggested The Social Market Foundation said that ever-longer working lives make it more important to help people over 50 get back into work if they lose their jobs 

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