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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 2008): Education - UK - training

A lecturer's guide to further education

D. Hayes, T. Marshall and A. Turner (editors)

Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill/Open University Press, 2007

The chapters of this book deal with all aspects of working in further education (FE), including starting to teach within this sector, FE management and industrial relations, supporting students, qualifications, ICT, key skills, the transition to work, professional training and a final discussion of the future of FE. The book comes at a time when there are fundamental changes happening within the FE sector and overall encourages the 'lecturer voice' which, in the past, has often only been transmitted through academic studies and the consultations of policy-makers and trade unions.

Young people: their right to choose education

H. Deakin

ChildRight, issue 243, 2008, p. 11-13

The Education and Skills Bill 2007 makes it compulsory for young people to pursue a course of education or training until they are 18 years of age or else face penalties. Under the provisions of the Bill a duty will be laid on young people to work towards accredited qualifications and participate in education or training on a full time basis or part-time if they are working more than 20 hours per week. Non-compliance could result in a court appearance for non-payment of penalty fines. This commentary points out that the plans lack young people's support and could simply further alienate those already disengaged from learning.

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