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Raising Skills, Improving Life Chances


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A landmark White Paper published in 2006 as part of the government's response to the Foster Report of 2005 into further education (FE). It confirmed the judgement, expressed in that Report, that the role and purpose of the further education sector was one of skills training. Among its proposals were four national targets for education and training, and six key areas of reform, which included, in addition to the clarification of FE's role: developments to meet the needs of employers and learners; the introduction of mandatory continuing professional development for all teachers in the sector; extending the ‘market’ in skills training to more providers outside FE colleges; reforms to the funding for 14–19‐year‐olds' education to facilitate dual provision in school and college; more autonomy for colleges in relation to their local Learning and Skills Councils, which would take a more strategic, supervisory role.

developments to meet the needs of employers and learners;

the introduction of mandatory continuing professional development for all teachers in the sector;

extending the ‘market’ in skills training to more providers outside FE colleges;

reforms to the funding for 14–19‐year‐olds' education to facilitate dual provision in school and college;

more autonomy for colleges in relation to their local Learning and Skills Councils, which would take a more strategic, supervisory role.

Subjects: Education.


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