Kensington and Chelsea College has joined with over 200 colleges nationwide to throw its support behind the newly-published Augar Review into education for over 18s.
The Review, commissioned by the government, recommends a funding boost of a total of £4bn to the FE sector, of which KCC is a part. Following several years of declining income due to funding changes, KCC, along with the Association of Colleges, is urging ministers to take up the report’s recommendations.
In an unprecedented move, the leaders of every general further education college in England have joined forces to write an open letter to the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Education urging them to “answer the calls from business” and respond to the “challenges of technological change and Brexit” by urgently investing in the country’s technical and vocational education system by implementing the main recommendations of the Review.
The Augar Review called for, amongst other things, an end to the 17.5% cut in education funding for 18-year olds; support so that everybody, regardless of age, to achieve to at least level three; and a rebalancing of the traditional post-18 educational landscape.
The Augar Review can be read in full here.
Andy Cole, Principal of Kensington and Chelsea College, said:
“The report rightly concludes that it is colleges, like Kensington and Chelsea, that are key to improving social mobility and boosting workplace productivity. We are delighted that Philip Augar has recognised that colleges need more support and a new approach to resourcing if they are to continue to fulfil their valuable role in educating and training people from many different communities and social backgrounds.”
Bev Robinson OBE, member of the Independent Panel and co-author of the Augar Review said:
“The government’s response to the outcomes of the well-received Augar Review is arguably a watershed moment for the British government. Choosing to enact the recommendations would demonstrate the government’s commitment to the much-needed skills revolution which our country needs, which industry is crying out for and which will promote social equity for all adults, not just the 50% as it is now.”
Kensington and Chelsea College is also urging students and local residents to support the implementation of the Report by contacting their MP.