Institute for Employment Studies
Learning and Skills Council, 2010
Report finds that nearly a fifth of adult education colleges had cut their provision for people with learning difficulties between 2006 and 2008 because of a change in funding arrangements. Overall budgets had been cut and colleges were managing their reduced allocations to prioritise learning leading to progression from entry level to level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications. This led to a reduction in courses for adults with learning difficulties where progression could not be demonstrated.
(For comment see Learning Disability Today, June 2010, p. 10-11)
Daily Telegraph, Sept. 9th 2010, p. 14
The education secretary, Michael Gove, has announced a review of skills-based courses for 14- to 19-year-olds. The review will assess the quality of applied qualifications in subjects such as engineering, IT and travel and tourism. The coalition apparently wants to move away from Labour's attempt to present vocational subjects in 'pseudo-academic' courses which focus on theory. Instead, it wants to offer students practical courses at specially designed centres and 'on-the-job' training.