Call for greater investment in FE

Robert Halfon, the Conservative minister for Apprenticeships and Skills in England, talked about our campaign in a recent speech:

‘I have been impressed by the stories that the UCU are sharing, which demonstrate the transformative role FE can have in people’s lives, and shows how it helps us to achieve social justice.

We agree. But what FE needs is action as well as words.

Please sign our letter to Robert Halfon calling for greater investment in FE and for the government to prioritise the recruitment of an an additional 15,000 teachers.

Dear Robert,

We write on behalf of teachers who work in further education.

Our areas of expertise range enormously. Among our number are people who help immigrants learn English; teach offenders in prison; provide a second chance for those who left school with few qualifications; work with apprentices; and provide a gateway to higher education.

We support the UCU’s ‘FE Transforms’ campaign which demonstrates the difference that FE can make to people’s lives and were pleased to hear you reference it in your speech to the Association of Colleges last year.

However, many parts of further education have faced severe cuts since the financial crisis, with the result that there are now more than a million fewer adult learners than in 2009. Thousands of teaching and support staff have also been made redundant, weakening the sector and robbing it of valuable expertise.

As the government embarks on a new industrial strategy and establishes new relationships with and beyond the European Union, it has never been so important to ensure a strong and accessible further education sector to underpin the nation’s skills development.

However, while politicians often talk about the importance of further education, there is insufficient investment to enable it to deliver to its full potential.

Given your recognition of the power of further education we would therefore like to ask you to support our call to build the capacity of the further education workforce through the recruitment of an additional 15,000 teaching staff in England. These staff would help create thousands more learning opportunities and could be employed in areas of critical importance to our society and economy – teaching English and Maths; ESOL; offender learning; re-skilling older workers; providing an alternative path into higher education and many other key areas besides.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

3,152 Ruby Homawala
3,151 Isabelle RahmanCollege of North West London (CNWL) English Functional Skills and GCSECourses have been cut at our college which mean that students have to travel further afield to find the course that they need. This is not right. FE serves a very important function: to give students the opportunity to gain qualifications which they need to get on and make something of themselves. Please support the call to increase funding to FE.
3,150 maria luisa martinezSEN I have noticed that what is available in jobs for teachers in firther education is that there only offers on zero hours contracts. I worked in two occassions in two of thoese contracts with terrible conditions. One only gets pay by the hour one teaches, nothing pay for all the administrative work wihich it is a lot and lately I have not LSA to help me or parents officers, I even have to buy resou
3,149 Mark de ValkUniversity of Winchester
3,148 Celia HollingworthBristol University UCU - retired member
3,147 Brian BurdenEnglish at Braintree College of FE (retired)
3,146 James EwersMusic, Goldsmiths, University of London
3,145 Vaia Patta
3,144 Vivien MilneEnglish ,Hull College
3,143 Fabienne GimenezESOL
3,142 Luke DeardenOldham College
3,141 Hazel RavenDoncaster College Computing
3,140 Martin DoyleDudley College of Technology
3,139 Mev AkramNorth Lindsey College
3,138 Helene Neveu KringelbachUniversity College London (UCL)
3,137 Alice Dolan
3,136 Ian EyresEducation The Open University
3,135 Sarah BakerCareers Dudley College
3,134 Manjeet RamgotraSOAS, University of London (The School of Oriental and African Studies)
3,133 Hugh CansdaleESOL tutor, South & City College Birmingham, Bordesley Green
3,132 David McCormickComputing Department Gloucestershire CollegeFurther Education in IT & Computing is a great way of engaging students and promoting the vital work based skills need for future generations that our economy requires. To carry out this vital work we need greater investment by government please consider our request so that we can provide this opportunity to all those students who wish to acquire these life skills.
3,131 Marei SchweitzerIllustration, Falmouth University
3,130 Martin TottleInterior Design Warwickshire CollegeI am one of those very fortunate individuals who in the 1960's benefited from the adult education system after leaving school without any formal qualifications. the day release and evening courses allowed me to develop my academic and practical skills, which in turn gave me the opportunity to become a lecturer and later a college manager. This system is essential to the future of the United Kindo
3,129 Christopher HughesMotor Vehicle studies Wolverhampton Street Dudley
3,128 amanda NicholsonGloucestershire College, SENCO
3,127 Angela JOhnsonLDD Gloucestershire College
3,126 Anna BellamyMaths, FE
3,125 Marie HowarthEnglish at Dudley College
3,124 Mel PardoeHenley College Coventry
3,123 Barrie OrtonLecturer in Psychology and Research Methodology HE & FEAfter twenty years I am being charged to park to do my job fore no other reason than to raise revenue. My undergraduates have been assigned ground floor classrooms because they have disabilities and cannot climb the stairs - the one public lift hasn't worked for weeks. .
3,122 steve ramsdaleBusiness Studies - RNC HerefordFE has supported and still supports vocational education training and development for over 100 years. It also supports so many people who have slipped through the net at school. It is also completed in a very cost effective way compared with the school sector.
3,121 Malgorzata StarostkaESOL
3,120 Sian TaylorDudley College of Technology, Art and Design
3,119 Malini BalasubramaniamPublic Services
3,118 Ruth WhittleUniversity of Birmingham , Modern LanguagesWe need more and better facilities for our students to learn about sciences, not fewer and underfunded institutions. If anything is clear about the demands of future eduction, it is literacy in the sciences, at a high and rising level.
3,117 Graeme RedfernComputer Systems Support - Dudley College
3,116 Rachel James
3,115 Arif NadatDudley College of Technology - GCSE Mathematics
3,114 Julia CollinsDudley College of Technology
3,113 Leanne StoneleyFunctional Skills for Apprenticeships at Dudley College
3,112 Pamela DugmoreDudley College of Technology
3,111 Tony MolyneuxDudley College of Technology, ESOLI cannot stress how strongly I feel that ESOL students need more money invested into their education, not less!
3,110 Andrew WilsonDudley College of Technology Performing ArtsThe pips are squeaking.
3,109 Simon MorrisDudley College of Technology
3,108 James MobberleyComputing, Dudley College
3,107 Daniel MartinFilm & Media - Dudley College
3,106 sally hebbardDudley College of Technology ESOL
3,105 Linda JamesFE.Dudley College of Technology
3,104 kate creedDudley College of Technology Access to Nursing
3,103 Mat DudleyDudley College of Technology
3,102 David MonnoxSport - Dudley College of Technology
3,101 Collette HillDudley College of Technology ICT
3,100 Tabitha Tipper
3,099 Nichole JonesSouth & City College Birmingham supported learning
3,098 Ute WolfelModern Languages, University of Reading
3,097 Anna CaveSouth and City COllege Birmingham ESOL
3,096 Philip Scownbusiness technology at MMUWe need a better educated population, it's to the benefit of all.
3,095 Julia YoungHuntingdonshire Regional College
3,094 Marie MillicanESOL Our students who are studying in English (one of their additional languages) are often highly skilled in a profession already. We help them to learn the English in order to work in their profession in the UK. Others are learning English to become part of a community and to involve themselves in their family's choices.
3,093 Penelope Timms Art and design, gloscol collegeNew recruitment and investment would benefit all in FE. I agree with you and support you.
3,092 James ScottSecure Data Support/UKDS
3,091 Nasim ShahTeaching ESOL at Bordesley Green South and City College BirminghamI agree with you and I support you.
3,090 Patricia Gleave
3,089 Baxter KarenNorth Warks and Hinckley College. Youth and communityOver the last couple of years I have witnessed and been part of the increase teaching contact time, less hours or hours to prepare effective lesson plans. Further the loss of colleagues through redundancies and in some cases ill health due to the high impact that comes with teaching. Due to no pay increases over the 5 years I feel my wages doe not reflect the rise inflation and consumer goods.
3,088 Sara M. AliESOL - Gloucestershire College
3,087 Louisa Davies
3,086 Jo KennedyGloucestershire College
3,085 John O'ConnellESOL Gloucestershire CollegeFE is an essential part of our education system. It has given people the chance for a new career and this has enabled many to go on to have successful lives in different fields. It is a real source of social mobility and should be protected and invested in. It transformed my life as a former Access to HE student and now I work in the same college where I achieved my qualification.
3,084 Mark Hyde-CattonHospitality & Catering FE Collegewe need more investment to be able to give the students greater experiences and exposure to our rapidly changing industry to compete on the international stage
3,083 paul farrellBiology, University of PortsmouthAcces to FE transformed my life as a mature student, and I now contribute much more to economy as a result.
3,082 Lindsay FranklandMaths/English HuntingdonI support the initiative.
3,081 Helene WidmerPharmacology, The Robert Gordon University
3,080 liz curriehair
3,079 LOUISE NELSONSouth & City College Birmingham
3,078 Kevin SumnerHumanities and Teacher Training Huntingdonshire Regional College
3,077 Paul GouldMarketing department - Huntingdonshire Regional College
3,076 Rebecca SlawinskiGloucestershire College ITT
3,075 Natasha Little
3,074 Kirsty DeanHuntingdonshire Regional College
3,073 Julie WEEKESTrade Union Studies, Huntingdonshire Regional College
3,072 Debbie WoodwardA level Gloucestershire college
3,071 Tony AwinoHospitality and Catering - Gloucestershire College
3,070 Laura NicholsonHealth studies - North Warwickshire and Hinckey College
3,069 Sheryllynne HaggertyHistory, University of Nottingham
3,068 Annemarie BridgewaterMaths, Gloucestershire CollegeStudents who have failed before have major confidence issues which are helped by smaller groups which cost more to run. Funding is essential to fully support these learners to reach their potential.
3,067 Elizabeth PriceEFL University of Sheffield
3,066 Sophia LockettESOL Gloucestershire College
3,065 sheryl coveSkills for Life teacher
3,064 Sonia FriendPerforming Arts, Gloucestershire College
3,063 Jonathon MurdockNorth Warks and Hinckley College - Business Studies and Functional SkillsFurther education needs to be given greater recognition, respect and funding because it is a lifeline for communities, providing fantastic academic and vocational opportunities.
3,062 Claire PearlNorth Warks and Hinckley College, Sport
3,061 David HartleyESOL
3,060 Michael LacoultWest Midlands
3,059 Alyn ShortEngineering & Maths - FE Education1. Inadequate funding for schools (note: why Mary Sandell recently resigned) will impact on the FE intake. 2. All of our students need to have at least a grade C in Maths and English, else re-study to obtain this grade, putting extra pressure on the FE sector. 3. This is exacerbated by all post-16 students now need to be in a form of education. These are reasons for funding improvements NOT cuts!!
3,058 Tanya FernbankGreater Manchester
3,057 John WilliamsonMaths and engineering/construction, formerly South & City College BirminghamThe closure of many University Technical Colleges has shown that unfortunately, there is still a lot wrong with the school system. FE still gives people a second chance - give it the funding to do more!
3,056 Chris BirdNewcastle–under–Lyme College
3,055 Wendy EdwardsAccess Science Henley College Coventry
3,054 June RobertsFircroft College of Adult Education - Access to HE
3,053 Delia WilliamsonSocial Care/Early Years Nescot College of Further and Higher Ed (Ret)Having worked in FE for more than 19years it was truly wonderful to see students progress and achieve on a personal/vocational and academic level, often far beyond their own initial expectations. The FE experience offers so much, often difficult to measure benefits that includes aspiration to lifelong learning and a commitment to build strong, respectful and successful communities.
3,052 Barbara GossMaths at South & City College Birmingham
3,051 Rebecca PercivalDigital Media. Northampton CollegeFE has been consistently underfunded, and staff teaching hours increased. Managers wages increase disproportionately, while hourly paid, fractional and full-time staff are being asked to do more teaching hours, more paperwork and more pastoral work for less pay.
3,050 Joseph HomerESOL SCCB Handsworth CampusFE it vital for social mobility and access to higher education, underfunding and low expectations just create social problems for our society further down the road.
3,049 Robin EntecottPublic Service Studies North Warks and Hinckley CollegeFE is dying and needs financial support to enable those with practical skills to be able to develop and add their expertise to our economy.
3,048 Neil MasonComputing and ICT The Dixie Grammar School I used to work at Warwickshire College but I left with the threat of redundancies hanging over us.
3,047 Andy JenkinsBusiness Warwickshire College
3,046 Craig FarrellSouth & City College Birmingham, Supported LearningIt is obvious why we need FE.
3,045 Cheryl RobinsonLecturer in MA - UWL
3,044 Pamela CruickshankLearning Suppprt North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire CollegePlease, please, please listen to us. This is so important as we could help so many people to gain employment and improve their lives.
3,043 julie HuxleyFunctional skills & GCSE Maths North Warwickshire and South Leicester College I agree with all the points made in the letter
3,042 Rebecca MilesNorth Warks and Hinckley College
3,041 Seamus McGuinnessBusiness NWHC
3,040 david reeseWirral Met College-health and care/scienceI have committed over 30 years of my life to working in Further education and seen the life changing opportunities it has provided for many. These students frequently were unable to make the most of their educational opportunities in the school sector for many reasons. FE colleges provide the opportunity for these talented hard working and determined individuals to succeed. Fund it!!!!!
3,039 Gary ElsonWarwickshire College Group - Engineering and Teaching and Learning ImprovementAccess to a good Education is a real British Value !!
3,038 Una LileyComputing, Warwickshire College GroupFE provides an essential part of post 16 education. So many people benefit from it. It cannot continue to be underfunded so drastically.
3,037 Stephanie JonesMotor Vehicle - South and City College Birmingham
3,036 Pete DuckworthWarwickshire College Group - IT
3,035 stepehen manningApprenticeship manager Investment in retraining adults is vital to our future and FE provide that route . 16-18 should be a priority but unfortunately to many lack the essential life skills from school and FE offers the only route to help them develop
3,034 Dawn TreanorEnglish Sccb College
3,033 chris phillipssport, Henley college coventry
3,032 Tom EvershedHE Manager, Warwickshire CollegeFE is at breaking point: the same story told throughout the sector. No organisations act as community educators as effectively as FE Colleges. No organisations do employer engagement as effectively as FE Colleges. No organisations change lives in quite the same way as FE Colleges, picking up the underachievers and enabling them to succeed. We need more funding to be enabled to keep doing it all.
3,031 Ruth CoatesRussian Studies, University of Bristol
3,030 Lynne WesternDyslexia support, Warwickshire College
3,029 Amie WiberleyWarwickshire College Group Inclusion Support
3,028 lisa berryWarwickshire College Group hair , beauty and production arts
3,027 Mark EdwardsBusiness and Management, Warwickshire College
3,026 Ray McConaghyNewcastle–under–Lyme College
3,025 Louise HickmanNewman University College
3,024 Richard HindTutor of IT and Computing at York CollegeSuccessive Governments have under-funded and neglected the FE sector, with the current Government being the worst offender. We cannot deliver high quality teaching nor attract experienced professionals from industry with the current lack of funding. I took a 30% pay cut to move from the local IT sector into teaching, this was 15 years ago, now the pay differential is even worse.
3,023 HELEN HANCOCKAssessor -- SCCB
3,022 nick priceindustrial relations digbeth campuswithout our college the students would have nowhere else to go!
3,021 Michael Sean O'BrienArt & Design
3,020 Sharon McGuire
3,019 Surayya KHANESOL - South & City College BirminghamGreater investment is needed for students to gain basic skills like English & maths so that students can gain the basics in order to progress and make a valuable contribution to society. A lot of the students who are on benefits have commented that they would prefer to get a job as opposed to being dependent on handouts.
3,018 Ellen HenkeMathematics, University of Aberdeen
3,017 zoe JubertSouth and city college
3,016 Alison StrakerRoyal National College for the Blind, Sociology teacher
3,015 Clare PattisonWarwickshire College Group English
3,014 Jim Jim GriffthsFE Engineering , Trident Park, Warwickshire College Group
3,013 Phil HighamPsychology, University of Southampton
3,012 Ian HallHE Engineering Warwickshire College Group, Trident Park, Leamington
3,011 Mike CrewFunctional Skills - English, maths and ICT
3,010 Ian Gill ICT @ HMP Stafford
3,009 Steve BraynArt and Design - Warwickshire College, RugbyLike most public services, staff in FE do not usually join for the money, but in order to 'make a difference'. This is increasingly difficult in the face of escalating budget cuts - which affect not only individual salaries (in 'real money' terms) but crucially the necessary resources - not only in terms of equipment, but in terms of the numbers of specialist staff these students deserve.
3,008 Charlotte AshbridgeGCSE Maths
3,007 Sam FriedmanLondon School of Economics (LSE)
3,006 Claudia NehmzowUniversity of Essex, Lecturer in German
3,005 Janet BujraPeace Studies, University of Bradford Adult education should be available for all and adequately funded.
3,004 Ian Robinsonopen university, social sciencesfe is a vital means of developing skills and access to both training and education in the young adult population. it needs to be continuously invested in so that it can respond dynamically to changing needs and opportunities, and in order to redress growing differentials in life chances.
3,003 Rob McGinleyTyne Metropolitan College
3,002 Paul SummerscalesBurnley College, Trade Union StudiesFE plays a vital part in educating and training 16 to 19 year olds, presenting a clear opportunity for both academic and vocational qualifications. The sector has been underfunded for well over 30 years now and this leads to ever higher workloads and ever lower pay, in real terms, so this needs recognising and action put in place to remedy this
3,001 Irvana UrdalMicrobiology, Chemistry and General Science Harrogate College, Hornbeam Park, Harrogate, HG2 8QTWe train students for University Places for a wide range of Medical careers. Our high level practical content is much appreciated by the universities, which is reflected in many Russel Group University offers. This I realise is expensive to do, but essential in our technological age.
3,000 Michael CreminComputer Science
2,999 Kimberly AnsteyEnglish Language Teaching, Telford College of Arts and Technology
2,998 Naila DracupInformation Specialsit Leeds University
2,997 Paul WhiteHealthcare Science (Audiology) University of LeedsWe need students from all walks of life. Good A level grades are essential. Effective teaching brings out those grades. Proper funding and appropriately trained teachers are essential.
2,996 Brian SkinnerUndergraduate and postgraduate lecturing in Civil EngineeringThere is a growing skills shortage in some job categories in the UK Appropriate further education has an important part to play in equipping students to contribute to filling these gaps and growing the UK economy through using skills they have learned in Further Education in their jobs. Please invest to build rather than demolish FE.
2,995 Martin TaylorHospitality and CateringDear Robert, I have seen so many students who have benefitted from our further education sector. In recent times the emphasis has been placed on continuing and funding in education at school and not in the further education sector. Further education seems to be the poorer cousin of education and needs the boost it deserves in funding opportunities.
2,994 Susanne SchindlerScientist at University of Bristol
2,993 Matt TurnerUniversity of Hull
2,992 Michele AbendsternThe University of Manchester, Health and Social Care Research
2,991 Tracey GormallyPsychology Durham University Open University
2,990 Kevin BowmanMathematics University of Central Lancashire
2,989 Valda SwintonMA in Counselling, Chester
2,988 Julie WestermanFine Art, Sheffield Hallam University
2,987 Vasileios Karaiskos
2,986 Anita DorsettClinical Psychology, University of Leeds
2,985 Sean RobsonGreat Yarmouth College of FE Engineering
2,984 Andrew GriffithsLectrurer at Derby College
2,983 Paul AtkinsPrintmaking, Camberwell College of Arts, London, SE5 8UF
2,982 Jeremy TidyVocational Studies. Swindon College
2,981 Jane PrictoeEnglishCurrently a civil servant. Not enough FETeacher vacancies locally.
2,980 Clare BruceArt, H.M.P. Bullingdon. Retired
2,979 Sarah McCourtRoyal Holloway, University of London (RHUL)
2,978 Michael TomlinsonChemistry, Weymouth College
2,977 Jane CharltonMarketing, University of Gloucestershire
2,976 Sue ParkerArt and Design, Chesterfield College. RetiredAfter teaching for 27 years I have seen how FE really transforms lives and opens up career opportunities. It needs more investment so that staff and students can realistically maintain the high standards that are achieved in this sector.
2,975 Rosemarie NightingaleTeacher Education and English - now retiredI feel very strongly that FE has been seriously underfunded for years, I have taught in HE and FE and I grew up in a housefold where my father the late DR Frank Foden MBE was a pioneer in the field of education - especially FE.He used to say that FE was a forgotten sector and that governments did not understand it - and when they do find it they will wreck it. That seems to be happening.
2,974 Oumou SallFunctional Skills at Skills Training UK
2,973 uta kogelsberger
2,972 Ada MauKing's College London (KCL)
2,971 Kevin MaguirePsychology Nottingham Trent University
2,970 Robert GildeaHistory Faculty, University of Oxford
2,969 HELEN MARSHALLNottingham Trent University (NTU) ANIMAL MANAGEMENT
2,968 Josh Moos
2,967 Pierre BocquillonUniversity of East Anglia (UEA), Politics
2,966 Patrick ShawPhilosophy, Glasgow University (retired)
2,965 Julie Dickinson
2,964 Dora WigglesworthESOL turor, Lancashire Adult Learning
2,963 Polly WiltshireAnimal Care, Vision West Notts College
2,962 Gail Reedretired English as a second language and art teacher
2,961 Suhail MalikDept of Art, Goldsmiths, London
2,960 Joshua Reynolds BA MPhilResearch Student, Aberystwyth University
2,959 Ralph AdamElectrical engineeringAs someone who benefitted a great deal form further education (I was not taught to read or write at school and left without any qualifications) I understand how important it is to maintain a healthy and easily-accessible further education sector. Please do all you can to strengthen it. It makes me very sad to see successive governments run FE down: it is cheap and provides wonderful results.
2,958 Maia PalInternational relations Oxford Brookes University
2,957 Phil Lee
2,956 Benjamin Hunziker-NevilleUAL London College of Communication
2,955 Sally PriceEnglish for Avademic Purposes, University of BradfordIn some universities we have seen the dumbing down of standards required for first degrees, and even at Master's level, in order to maintain a steady stream of foreign students at a low level of English, to subsidise the universities themselves. In order to return to their previous high reputation, universities need to be supported properly and finanacially by the government.
2,954 Sue Pell
2,953 Anthony SilsonRetired geography teacher
2,952 Valerie Kaneko Lucas Regent's University London, school of creative and liberal arts
2,951 Marc GibsonLoughborough University
2,950 Polly Pollockvisual arts/city lit
2,949 Stavros DendrinosWrittle University College
2,948 Safia FlissiI have been hearing about British Values lately. Is protecting the most vulnerable people a British value? I believe it is! So FE colleges must be better funded...
2,947 Debbie JedwabProduct Design, Middlesex UniversityIf you don't put more resources into educating our young people the UK will fall behind other countries. Put in more, not less
2,946 Pamela LentonUniversity of Sheffield , Department of EconomicsFE is essential for a cohesive society. It is a valuable resource for many individuals who were, for one reason or another, low achievers when tested by GCSEs at age 16. There are many successful individuals who will attest that their occupational success came after attending their local FE college. FE supports lifelong learning which we should all aspire to.
2,945 Nathalie AugeLanguages city lit
2,944 John WilcockComputer Science, Staffordshire University
2,943 Teresa TorresLanguages, University of Essex
2,942 Maureen PittCommunity Education Solihull CollegeI wholly support Robert Halton
2,941 Ghassan SifriRedbridge College of FE
2,940 Vicky VatcherDrama, English, Social care, recently retired from S. Glos.& Stround CollegeI have worked in FE for many years. I have taught people with learning needs, English to bricklayers and electricians, I have taught degree level students and people wanting to become social workers. I know what needs to be done to make sure that those that fail in school can build skills they didn't get earlier on. I know what social inclusion is and FE is a main provider. Support us please.
2,939 Irini Pitsaki
2,938 Alison ForsythEarly Years Education and Care at the Ashford campus of West Kent and Ashford CollegeIn 10 years working in FE I have been through 6 restructures, largely as a result of financial pressures, and seen a department with 8 highly experienced staff and 200 students reduced to just me and a small cohort of learners. Private training providers, once few and far between, are now numerous and offer an overly expensive alternative than in most cases provides a very poor experience.
2,937 Tracy LindsayNursing, city, university of London
2,936 Penny Vera-SansoInternational Development, Birkbeck, university of londonWith UK's skills shortage the country needs to expand it's FE sector.
2,935 Helen SargeantAssessor/trainer Hospitality and Catering within Apprenticeships. Salford City CollegeI agree with the above statements about FE and have worked in the FE sector for many years, both teaching and assessing in the workplace. The FE area of education has suffered considerably, which for the wider UK society and economy has been disastrous. New App standards are going to make this worse as more teaching will be required to enable the apprentices to achieve their goals.
2,934 Ian ChampionChef Lecturer, City of Bristol College
2,933 Marie-Clare Ellington
2,932 Shirley CupitUniversity College London (UCL) Medicine
2,931 Melvyn Ball Math & Electronic Engineering, Sussex Coast College, HastingsI have taught Math & Engineering at FE & HE for 35+ years and believe that the provision for delivery of these vital subject areas is currently the worst I have experienced.
2,930 Reinhard HussInternational Public Health, University of LeedsGood Education is a human right and an excellent investment for society.
2,929 Elane HeffernanStudent counsellor, Hackney Community CollegeFE changes lives::where else can a young person who could not succeed in school, or sixth form college study Classical Civilisation and Maths and discover excitement and talent for processing ideas and go on to a top university? We save lives too--providing support to young people feeling suicidal, educating girls escaping CSE; working with ex offenders; helping make life feel possible. Save us!
2,928 Leonie Abrahamson Early Years Retired member
2,927 Sheila WallaceAberdeenshire
2,926 Charles WilsonCardiff University (Music)Working in the university sector in South-East Wales, I have seen for myself the power of FE to enable those previously denied opportunity to step up to higher education. Please let's stop kicking away the ladder by which so many of your generation gained access to education.
2,925 nigel barnacleretired FE College counsello
2,924 Dr. Paul ElsamDrama - Teesside University
2,923 Elaine HopkinsHealth & Social Care, Birmingham Metropolitan College
2,922 Dr. Jeff EvansReader in Adults' Mathematical LearningIt is now more important than ever to assure a broad-based training for the citizens and workers that we need, in the further education sector. The stories we hear about how important FE has been in the lives of many responsible andproductive citizens attest to this need.
2,921 Giles ArmourESOL Colchester Institute
2,920 Shirley DaviesLevel Art & Design City of Bristol College (retired)
2,919 Kuldeep SinghMathematics University of Hertforsdshire
2,918 stasha lauriaBrunel Universityeducation, not profit.
2,917 steve fisherDrama and music University of South Wales
2,916 Rob Pyecroft University of East London (UEL)
2,915 Cinzia Scorzon Life Sciences, University of Westminster
2,914 Silke Arnold-de SimineBirkbeck College, University of London
2,913 Peter BriertonMotor Vehicle
2,912 Jean MorganLiteracy and support for deaf students, City Lit, London
2,911 Monica GoligherBiology Belfast Metropolitan College
2,910 Nicholas LawrenceEnglish, University of Warwick
2,909 Nigel DuckersMedia, Lambeth College
2,908 Claire MorleyStratford Upon Avon College, Dance
2,907 Valerie Schicker Business Education - Retired FE is an important vehicle in ensuring that we have a workforce equipped with the skills and knowledge required by a modern society and, as such, must be heavily invested in.
2,906 Donna WaltonStudy Skills at Newcastle College Access to HE
2,905 John WrightMusicWith year upon year of relentless funding cuts & restrictions, FE desperately needs greater investment now!!!
2,904 Anne GillHealth and Social Care University of Greenwich I am retired now but taught in FE and HE both should have equal value.
2,903 Karen HibbettBusiness lecturer , New College Stamford
2,902 James FisonLearning Support Worker at Carshalton CollegeI have seen annual erosions on staff numbers. This has continued to put more and more staff under increasing stress. This impacts on sick leave which then compounds the problem.
2,901 Herbert FruchtlSchool of Chemistry, University of St Andrews
2,900 Lesley BillingsleyWest Cheshire College
2,899 Ingrid ChristodoulouSport I agree
2,898 Andrew BeckArt, design, Media, and Communications; Coventry University
2,897 John HelliwellRetired
2,896 stephen cookengineering / selby college
2,895 Keith SimpsonBarristers Training Course, City Law School
2,894 Helen KingstoneHumanities, Leeds Trinity University
2,893 Joseph BradleyUniversity of Striling, Sport & Social Sciences
2,892 Drew SmithFurniture design and make
2,891 Francis WoodsHuman Physiology City of Liverpool CollegeThe withdrawal of the bursary for training nurses must be reinstated it we are to meet the recruitment targets. This will become particularly acute once we see the effects of leaving the EU. The withdrawal of bursary has already seen a drop in applications for nursing courses. This can also been seen in recruitment of students wishing to train for the Level 3 diploma in Allied Health Professions.
2,890 Aisling O'beiraFine Art, Ulster University
2,889 Ignacio AguilóThe University of Manchester
2,888 Eleanor CossFunctional Skills - Northampton College
2,887 Alex LeungApplied Linguistics and TESOL, Northumbria University
2,886 Bisi Williams
2,885 Beatriz de la Iglesia
2,884 James BryanNewcastle College
2,883 David FletcherESOL - South Thames CollegeI have witnessed many redundancies in recent years and close colleges and I could be forced to reduce their hours and income in the year future due to a lack of money in the sector. ESOL students have been asked to reduce their hours, pay more in fees and take on board more qualifications in order to keep courses running. For some this is very difficult.
2,882 Ann Marie CondronLanguages, Northumbria University
2,881 Catherine Holmes Askham Bryan College equine
2,880 Peter BowdenCarpentry, Stafford CollegeNo pay rise for 7 years, no money for resources, valuable staff being made redundant, low moral, over inspected, Maths and English taking priority over vocational studies to name just a few issues. Just not good enough.
2,879 Alan MurphyNewcastle University
2,878 Brian DayNeuroscience, UCL
2,877 Bernard O'DonoghueEnglish, Wadham College, Oxford (retired)
2,876 Anya CookNewcastle CollegeThis Government does not understand what Further Education is and this Government does not understand what Further Education does. Nor does it pay for a staff that is providing what in so many cases compulsory education and the social care system has already failed to do. Through a culture of achievement and developing realistic aspirations, Further Education provides opportunities for progress
2,875 Amanda Power
2,874 Alan CarrRetired - formerly Open University
2,873 Amanda BeckettEnglish and Law, Sussex Coast College, Hastings
2,872 Olivia HamlynLaw, Leicester Law School
2,871 Marian LynchTextiles - Morley CollegeAdult education transforms and enriches lives in immeasurable ways. It also provides vital social contact and support for many students. Those who work in the sector have faced years of cuts to funding. This is an exceptionally difficult climate in which to work. Why can government not see the immense value of what we do and support it fully instead of slowing destroying it?
2,870 Derreen Hirst-Hughes-HoweThe glue, the ears and the eyes I support learning at present, with adult learners with learning difficulties and have supported ESOL in the past also I have many concerns with the welfare and well-being of many ESOL and vulnerable adult learners due to the lack of Learning support provided in these classes... Due to lack of funding. This is a serious concern of mine for the learners in topic and future educational opportunities
2,869 Jennifer Grayretired (ESOL)
2,868 Dawn TeareMedical statistics, University of Sheffield
2,867 Professor Emeritus Peter StylesEnvironmental GeophysicsWhile I have spent all of my working life in the University Sector I have through the nature of my work had extensive interaction with people whose skills were essential to the satisfactory execution of my research. They have made things, constructed equipment, known how to 'do stuff' and they learned this through Further Education and apprenticeships. Dont lose this!!!
2,865 William Parnell Freelance film editor
2,864 jim urpethPhilosophy - University of Greenwich
2,863 Magdalena Cajic-SeigneurSEN Havering College
2,862 Kate MolloChild Care and ESOLBoth of the above subjects are vital to the wellbeing and education of our children
2,861 Robert WatertonRetired
2,860 Helen MullenHE Automotive engineering, BlackpoolMany of my students come to college with the word failure firmly attached. My role is to help transform them into the people they have always meant to be. It wasn't their fault that their parents are alcoholics, or they moved hundreds of miles to avoid abuse, or their younger sibling or parent needed a carer. If the school structure failed where else are they going to be inspired to change.
2,859 Stuart PampellonePerforming Arts
2,858 Paula McElearneyUniversity of Worcester. Lifelong Learning
2,857 Yvette JenkinsonEnglish Myerscough CollegeIt is vital that FE competes on a level playing field. Many people in our society have FE to thank for their success in turning their lives around and being in a position to contribute to the economy of our country. FE has always offered 'second chances' to those who need this. Don't turn your back on us.
2,856 Robert Hindengineering, electronics, computer science and robotics. Retired University lecturer.I left school at 16 and followed a five year apprenticeship in electronics. My employer sent me to a technical college where I gained a degree in electronics by part-time study. After 14 years in industry, I obtained a post as a university lecturer spending over 35 years imparting the knowledge I had gained to many thousands of students. My education at FE college made this possible.
2,855 Freddy BrownSports Science St Mary's UniversityInvestment and government intervention is necessary and effective. The politics of the free market and austerity will not provide young people, particularly the disadvantaged, with the advantages that they could be offered. Education changes lives and levels the playing field - invest!
2,854 Julie TruslowFrench retiredIt’s essential that we have fully trained/skilled workers from the UK now that using EU skilled people will be harder after we leave the EU. We must train our unemployed to become a workforce that Britain can be proud of. Continue to cut will mean less trained. More people unemployed so welfare cost will go up and we will have more skilled job vacancies not filled. Re train adults is essential.
2,853 Olga CastroAston University, School of Languages and Social Sciences
2,852 Peter SmartOpen University (OU)
2,851 Fiona WrightGCSE Maths - New College, SwindonI teach maths to youngsters from age 14 through to adults in their fifties. The majority of adults go into nursing - and our country is very short of nurses! We need people of all ages with better qualifications and skills (especially post Brexit). FE colleges fill educational gaps where people have not gained adequate qualifications in school, for many reasons. We cannot afford to cut funding.
2,850 Roger Smith Social Work, Durham University
2,849 David PhilpottHeating and VentilationMy college is suffering immensely due to cuts in funding and compulsory redundancies.Low pay over work and demoralisation is leading to many highly skilled teachers deciding to return to the industries they came from in order to escape a very highly stressed and under valued occupation. This leads to a vicious circle in which remaining staff are placed under increasing pressure and more stress.
2,848 Anna Fox
2,847 Jill HeslopEnglish New College Nottingham We teach a diverse range of inner City and County students from all sorts of backgrounds. This is a vital part of their education.
2,846 Matilda McKerrowFoundation in Art and Design Falmouth UniversityFoundation courses are being closed all over the country and this is directly a result of a drop in FE funding. FE is an invaluable step in education for all ages and backgrounds.
2,845 Colin Goble Childhood studies university of Winchester
2,844 Kev CookA levels Strode College
2,843 Nicola DavisESOL Merton Adult EducationI am an experienced ESOL tutor and have not only taught the English language but encouraged students to get to know the UK better through travelling around the country and taking an interest in all aspects of our culture. I have also witnessed the blossoming of some of the most unlikely firendships. Our courses do far more for social cohesion than 100 think tanks.
2,842 Melanie Sibleyspecial educational needs/specific learning difficulties City of Bristol CollegeAs a specialist teacher many of the students we see have had setbacks in their previous education. The service we provide is greatly valued by students and colleagues alike. We provide opportunities to help students to succeed in their chosen pathways. Please help us to continue to help them.
2,841 Julie RooneyBeauty Therapy City of Liverpool College
2,840 Elizabeth WnukKing's College London (KCL)We all need to act now to protect jobs and prevent skills shortages in the future.
2,839 Doreen PollittBusiness Liverpool Community CollegeNow retired. Whilst working built up relationships with employers to enhance students chances of employment. Very important that they get a value of work ethics at an early age.
2,838 Valerie PughSkills for Work and, more specifically, Counselling Skills, both at the University of Leicester. I have also taught FE students on Care courses
2,837 Sue Saunders VosperPolitical Science. Birkbeck College.Further education is not only as important as normal schooling but is becoming ever more important as re training for a changing economy is essential as well as providing those who decide not to go to university with the essential skills to access jobs now companies are operating in a globalised highly competitive economy and cannot afford to train in the way they used to do in the past.
2,836 Nigel StarrManagement and business skills training - Bury CollegeIn the current economic circumstances , mangagement training will play a key part in supporting economic development .
2,835 Peter RobinsonMid Cheshire College of FE - MusicFE provision is a vital part of strengthening society through providing diverse education and training routes. A wholly academic pathway is not suitable for a large chunk of society and the current trend towards de-funding FE will only result in less social cohesion and productivity.
2,834 Eleni ManolitsakiSouth Essex College, EFL
2,833 Jane Pentyproduct design / Central St MartinsAs well as an educator I am the mother of a son whose active learning style did not suit the academic route emphasized in secondary education. As a result, he chose to study in FE. The transformation in his learning could not have been greater. But resources where too slim for thousands who most need the help to realise their potential. thousands of very capable children and young adults
2,832 Judith AireyUniversity of Derby
2,831 Lauren WalkerThe University of Manchester, Mental Health NursingAs the partner of an FE teacher, I am well aware of the the fact that FE changes lives. I include in this the chance to study for pleasure and leisure to which we have seen the biggest funding cuts locally. Many thanks for listening!
2,830 Stuart BaldwinBuilding Industry / Retired Lecturer After over 30-years teaching Building Crafts in F.E. I am now "employed" as a Volunteer at a Men's SHED [the Technical College of the Third Age] providing technical "mentoring" to fellow retirees. Looking at the transferable craft / tools skills of our members, one wonders if these skills exist in their sons and daughter to the same degree? If not it is no wonder that we need to import these.
2,829 Stephen CowdenSocial Work - Coventry University
2,828 Jack Winter
2,827 Jim KincheshQueen Mary, University of London (QMUL)
2,826 Robert LazenbySheffield College
2,825 Wendy ArmstrongPerforming Arts Sunderland CollegeFurther education changed my life. I left school as a 'nobody' but left college as 'somebody'. FE inspired me so much that I came back to the same college to teach. It is sadly not the same. Stress is off the scale. Over worked, underpaid, feel old before my time. All of my colleagues want out. It's all about money, targets and paperwork, teaching comes last.
2,824 Gaynor FordEnglish-Teesside University I worked as an FE lecturer for 12 years.It has always been woefully underfunded and needs significant investment to provide much needed educational provision.
2,823 Tamar Steinitz Goldsmiths, University of London, English and Comparative Literature
2,822 Sarah DarbyEnergy studies, University of Oxford
2,821 Eve RosenhaftModern Languages, University of LiverpoolThose of us who teach at universities recognise that FE is an important bridge between higher education and the experience of the wider community, and we know that adult learners bring a special combination of skills, knowledge and motivation to the student mix. The route to informed citizenship, social inclusion and self-fulfilment that FE provides must remain open.
2,820 Cilla HollmanELTC, University of Sheffield
2,819 Joan HuttSociology and Chartered Institute of Personnel & DevelopmentIf the Government is to make a serious commitment to Education & Training to enable people to contribute to the world of work and industry, it is of essence that we invest in Further Education,
2,818 Suzanne PottsCurriculum Manager Art and Design
2,817 Clare StanierComputing university levelFE is essential to support people who for whatever reason did not perform well at school but who wish to return to learning and acquire qualifications. High quality FE provision is essential to allow learners to develop their full potential
2,816 Judith Sha'athArt and Design (now retired) Isle of Wight College
2,815 Edward AplingFood Science - retired from Universito of Reading
2,814 Phil IrvingStructural Integrity Cranfield UniversityFE is just as important to the prosperity of the UK as the Higher Education Sector. FE has been shamefully neglected and starved of funding for many years. Please change this situation. Without funding and manpower in FE we will all suffer in the long run.
2,813 Adam WrightNew College StamfordI have worked in FE for 7 years since graduating from University. In that short amount of time, I have seen the sector decline. Cutbacks result in large group sizes and a cut down in lesson contact hours, but the material stays the same or even increases. FE is important and acts as the level 3 bridge between school and university. As a result of the changes, I am seeking new work opportunities.
2,812 Sarah TurnbullWest MidlandsI work in FE and have noticed the severe financial cuts over the past 5 years. Less and less adults are able to enrol on c9urses due to the lack of funding. Classes are getting smaller and colleagues are losing their jobs. We need more financial support so we can continue to deliver education to post 16.
2,811 Elizabeth Perry ESL. Voluntary adult edFE colleges should be well-funded. They provide skills and knowledge across all vocational sectors and provide second, third chance education for people throughout their lives. Fund teachers, access courses, vocational qualifications and short return to learn courses. Invest in FE!
2,810 Anne Brown University of Derby ...... Public ServicesFE is now in a perilous state. Consistent under-funding has led to staff shortages, poor equipment and a demoralised and overworked staff. I was made redundant last year after 32 years service ... those still working are suffering with stress as they try to cope with increased workloads. It is a mess.
2,809 Inge HillBirmingham City University (BCU) - BusinessFE should focus on the provision of its core strengths
2,808 Emily Newman Lowestoft College of FE
2,807 Zahia SalhiThe University of Manchester
2,806 Simon HardyBiology University of York (retired)
2,805 Bronek KramThe City of Liverpool College
2,804 Steve Grice
2,803 Victoria Cohen Uxbridge CollegeCreative studies
2,802 Jeanne WoodcraftDrawing. UAL
2,801 Elizabeth WalkerEducation PhD student, University of Hull
2,800 Therese JonesMathematics-----inner London FE college . i am now retiredi heard an industrial business owner say "If we can't employ immigrant workers, we'll have to train our own youngsters" surely we should be doing that anyway--we waste our own talent by not offering sufficient training. Let the bright academically minded youngsters go to university--but spend an equal amount, or more, on technical education--vital to our country's future
2,799 felicity wardESOL Additional support across mainstream subjects e.g. business, health and social care, ITIt is essential for FE to receive significantly greater funding. FE has provided 'second chances' successfully to thousands of learners - this should develop and continue.
2,798 Richard Deswarte
2,797 Judy CradockESOL
2,796 George TsogasBirkbeck College, University of London
2,795 Bernadette WelshEnglish East Berkshire College WindsorI work in the A level and GCSE department of an F.E. college. I know that a lack of investment and subsequent lack of staffing and ability to attract new staff to teaching are crippling my ability to carry out my management role and provide the service our students deserve.
2,794 Nicola SteadYork College ADC
2,793 Robert DeakinComputing @ PETROCRecently, it has been recognised the security of this nation is at stake if we are not able to create the required number of computing engineers. The numbers required are unlikely to be achieved through the academic route alone and that students adopting a vocational study route will also be needed amongst the defenders. Please ensure students are not denied the opportunity to serve their country
2,792 Frederick ClarkIndustrial chemistry and Environment - Retired University Lecturer
2,791 Dawn CheesemanFuneral
2,790 Tara MurphyFE teacher and Learning Mentor, University for the Creative Arts
2,789 Errol LawrenceHousing Studies, College of Haringey, Enfield & Northeast London (Now retired)
2,788 Sarah Stevens
2,787 Helen FrostSouth Downs College
2,786 Andy FugardUniversity College London (UCL)
2,785 John Hemp
2,784 Jessica WomackArchivist, UCL Institute of Education
2,783 Karin DannehlHistory, University of Wolverhampton
2,782 AMANDA LOMASGCSE ENGLISH; SHIPLEY COLLEGEPart of my job is to teach adults returning to education later in life. Many have children and/or elderly parents, along with demanding jobs but are still determined to improve their chances of gaining a better position. They deserve the opportunity.
2,781 Graham Berryconstruction skills Feltham young offenders InstituteWe all need to act now to protect jobs and prevent skills shortages in the future.
2,780 Kathleen Henderson Kingston University
2,779 Jill Tattersall Uxbridge College Art and design
2,778 ELAINE KEAYhospitality nvq's Glen Parva PrisonFE provides valuable opportunity for all ages to continue education throughout life. If you are a late developer and working having courses available are crucial for getting on in the work place. You are more likely to be fully committed. For young persons FE provides a choice of courses in a valuable learning environment and stages the gap before starting work.
2,777 Helen ThomasEnglish Litertaure
2,776 Maneesh VarmaLiverpool John Moores University (LJMU)
2,775 CHRISTOPHER HARTLEYEngineering Chichester
2,774 Tim Stuart-ButtleHistory; University of Cambridge
2,773 Adam OzanneEconomics, University of ManchesterAlthough I work in HE, I agree with Martin Wolf who, in his recent lecture to the Campaign for the Defence of British Universities, argues that it makes no sense for such a high proportion of young people to take university degrees and that more resources need to be devoted to other parts of the tertiary education system providing important training and vocational qualifications - i.e. FE.
2,772 Vivienne BannerHeart of Worcestershire College - EnglishI have worked in FE for 17 years and see less and less resource available for teaching. The sector needs a major overhaul, including the way in which it is managed.
2,771 Oliver MAURERLearning Difficulties Trafford College Retired
2,770 Ceri DunnEnglish for Academic Purposes; University of Southampton
2,769 Anne PatonESOL at Highbury College, Portsmouth I meet my former students everywhere. They run businesses (e.g. tailoring, restaurant, hairdressing, window-cleaning) or work in schools, public transport or the care sector. Our college enabled them to acquire the language and vocational skills that they now use to support their families and serve our community. Please fund the sector properly so we can go on helping them to get started.
2,768 PETER REESUniversity of Winchester EDUCATIONPlease listen carefully to the evidence presented by the UCU for greater investment in further education with its distinct benefits for U.K. society.
2,767 Mary MooreStudents with Learning Disabilities - not currently working.FE plays a key role in providing a pathway to Adulthood for young people with a range of learning disabilities. Some go on to work, while others follow an independent living pathway. High quality learner centred FE provision is crucial to enable all to reach their full potential.
2,766 Peter Corner RamageLeadership & Management Development, Hertfordshire Business SchoolBritain suffers from a major productivity gap compared with many G7 countries. Germany has a twin-track investment in Technical Education / Apprentices and Academic Education. It has the strongest manufacturing economy in Europe. Isn't it time Britain developed a more balanced and productive economy - through what is surely a cost-effective investment in increasing expenditure on education!
2,765 Steve BoycePrison education managerFE supports the life chances of some of the most vulnerable and failed members of society.
2,764 Colwyn JonesSociology - retired
2,763 Steve HarrisComputer programming Coventry FEI worked in FE for over 30 years and trained some 600 students many went on to HE and many into the workforce, I never asked for any reward nor did I receive any not even a thank you letter from the college but I and others set them them for life
2,762 susan burkinshaw Sheffield CollegeFurther Education is essential for adult learners wanting to make important changes to their lives and, in line with meeting the demands of career pathways.
2,761 Barbara SandersonComputing - RetiredHaving spent the last 20 years of my life working at all academic levels in FE I know how important this sector is for many students of all ages. I feel the sector has been neglected for too long and we reap the results of this as a society. It is important to support those who are less well off with experienced and enthusiastic staff.
2,760 Ross FormanEnglish and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick
2,759 Miranda KingsleyActing - Chichester UniversityThe future lies with our young. The more educated they are, the better it is for all of us. The young have been forced to bear far too much of the consequences of the banking crisis of 2009, and are demoralised and frightened for their futures in terms of jobs and housing, as well as feeling the burden of the massive debt they now incur from going to university.
2,758 Leon AaronsSchool of Pharmacy, The University of Manchester
2,757 Akilah LintonCity of Westminster College
2,756 Gillian HughesCity of Sunderland College
2,755 Ismail ErturkThe University of Manchester
2,754 Ross BoyleChemistry, University of HullFE, and increasingly HE, provide second chances for many who did not take the traditional route of secondary school to university. If this is not supported our country will miss out on a potential pool of highly skilled workers, which we will desperately need in the post Brexit era.
2,753 peter halkyardmathematics physics the manchester college
2,752 Diana SteinArchaeology, Birbeck College, University of LondonI have had 23 years of experience in FE, teaching students of all ages, backgrounds and levels of education about the archaeology. In light of current events around the globe, the need to understand history when dealing with the present has never been more urgent. Many, who would like to expand their horizons and learn about their collective past, are prohibited from do so by the rising fees.
2,751 David CheesemanFine Art
2,750 Elaine EllenWidening Access, Open university I am a former Access Tutor in FE so I know the value of providing second chance education to mature students who missed out on opportunities in earlier life. FE provision needs investment and commitment to prevent so much talent, often latent, going to waste. We need a well-educated workforce and citizenship.
2,749 Robin HurstOaklands College St Albans - A'Level maths and Science CoordinatorMore funding is definitely required for A'levels at Further Education College. To balance the books colleges are closing some A'Level courses and reducing teaching hour per subject.
2,748 Irene O'DriscollEnglish. Retired
2,747 paul kennedylearning support - westminster kingsway collegesupport and improve FE!
2,746 Jasi BridgmanBirmingham Adult Education Service
2,745 George ButcherBusiness Studies South Gloucestershire & Stroud College
2,744 kim gayHairdressing Chase HighFor too long FE and vocational quals have suffered "time to change"
2,743 Marc GibsonIT Loughborough University
2,742 Tim FrancisUniversity of Bath
2,741 Marko PajevicFilm and German studies, QMUL
2,740 Joey SharpESOL FASHION Hackney Community College
2,739 Jackie BrowningTeaching Fellow, University of Bath
2,738 Robert HardyFabrication Engineering, Computer studies. The fomer Gateshead Technical College. Now retired.I worked for 25 years in Further Education and know from personal contact with some of my former students as to how valuable their technical education was to them.
2,737 Frances GrahlPhD candidate, SOASI worked in FE for 7 years. Its work is invaluable both in and of itself, and as a ladder into HE for a wider range of people. It needs this support.
2,736 Denis CattellInternational Development
2,735 Carolyn Checkleyex TUC tutor at Newcastle College (retired for a while but still interested)The role of FE is more important than ever in the current workplace environment and ethos - jobs are precarious and FE is called on to re-train in many areas. There is no equivalent service in education.
2,733 Tom RichardsonRetired UCU memberMy life has been measurably diminished in quality and interest since the exorbitant charges for Adult education courses in Colleges of FE were introduced. Re-reinstatement of those educational opportunities at a reasonable fee will enhance the cultural life of the entire country IMO.
2,732 Pat MeeRetired ESOL teacher
2,731 Paula WatsonSport and Exercise Science, Liverpool John Moores University
2,730 Lynn FotheringhamThe University of Nottingham , Classics
2,729 Nichola PerryEnglish GCSE and Functional Skills at Solihull College
2,728 Kit HeyamSchool of English, University of Leeds
2,727 Christy AdairPerformance and Cultural Studies, Leeds Beckett UniversityFuther education transforms lives. It offers many people ,who would otherwise not have access to education or skills training, opportunities to develop their career prospects and gain confidence to lead productive lives.
2,726 Bobbie OsbornBrunel University
2,725 Steve McRobb retired lecturer in IT
2,724 Jenny PrideauxTeacher & Trainer Training (college, vocational and community provision)After over 30 years working in Further and Adult Education I know that good, accessible, comprehensive further education provision offers much needed life changing chances - especially to those who were failed by previous schooling. It truly is false economy to cut back on this local provision especially in these uncertain political and economic times.
2,723 Hannah QuirkLaw, University of Manchester
2,722 Joanna de Groothistorian, University of YorkAs one of the people who teach those who have followed alternative paths into higher education, and been a governor in an FE college, I want to affirm the importance and value of those who teach in further education, enabling students to progress to achievement and employment. Investment in further education teachers is an investment in our society's future as well as that of the students.
2,721 Julia JonesUniversity of East Anglia (UEA)
2,720 Christian MossmanModern Languages, University of Exeter
2,719 Dr Bill StephensonMathematics UCL (retired)I write as a former governor of an FE College and Portfolio Holder and for a time Leader of Harrow Council. Harrow has one of the lowest percentage of NEETS entirely due to the excellent work of our schools and FE colleges. The FE colleges do fantastic work with adults with SEN and physical disabilities and with our very diverse communities allowing people new to the country to integrate.
2,718 Elizabeth KnowlesLiteracy Tutor Hull Training and Adult EducationI specialise in LLDD. We give learners with learning difficulties confidence in everyday situations. We teach them life skills. The benefits for these learners is huge but it is getting more and more difficult to get funding and appropriate qualifications for them to move forward. Much of the teaching we give is re-enforcing skills already learnt. Without this continuation the skills are soon los
2,717 Eleni TracadaSenior Lecturer in Built Environment, University of Derby, College of Engineering and TechnologyI taught in an FE College (2001-2007) and I know how important HE programmes in FE Colleges could be for students from various backgrounds and with limited family budgets, especially if they come from families with low income and/or no jobs. I feel very proud for my FE ex-students who managed to achieve a lot in life, including successful careers alongside good quality of family life.
2,716 John CunnighamRetired (HE)FE is so vital to the well-being and future of our society. Time for some action Mr. Halfon! John Cunningham (retired Senior Lecturer)
2,715 Karen ThorpeIT St Helens College
2,714 Rickard JaneUniversity of Leeds, English
2,713 Denis GregoryLabour relations and labour economicsProviding easy and continuous access to wide ranging further education provision is the hallmark of a civilized society. Given that knowledge and learning skills are vital components for both economic and social viability, the case for growth in FE provision is compelling.
2,712 Alys Scott-HawkinsAnimation - Arts University Bournemouth
2,711 sebastian balfourGovernment LSE
2,710 Sue D Tunnicliffehigher ed science Having taught in FE I know how importnat is this sector and am sad and disappointed that our elected representatives do not understand this vital sector and seem to support austerity wihtout explaining why we are in such difficulties
2,709 Victoria YoungAnglia Ruskin University (ARU)
2,708 Dr C.H. BryantComputer Science, University of Salford
2,707 Peter van der GraafPublic Health, Teesside University
2,706 Tim KovacsComputer ScienceInvesting in education is investing in people.
2,705 Karla GuedesUniversity of Southampton
2,704 Ruth DitchWarwickshire College Group
2,703 Marjorie MayoCommunity education and development
2,702 Pauline McCannHistory. Open UniversityI worked for nearly 40 years in FE and saw how it could transform lives, frequently giving mature adults who had missed out on education a "second chance". We need to empower our whole population to be able to make their contribution to our society.
2,701 chris. BeesleyA level chemistry further education We have not had any increase in pay for nearly seven years. You have spent 1.3 billion pounds on adverts to recruit teaches it would have been better spending this money on retaining teachers. all members of parliament have had a 10% increase in wages it is not morally acceptable for you to tell me that I do not deserve an increase in wages when you have accepted a wage increase.
2,700 Linda ShockeyLinguistics - U ReadingThe future of this country depends on education, and the current standard is seriously under threat.
2,699 Susan KitchinghamPsychology (Open University) Health and social care (Sixth Form College Farnborough)
2,698 Sarah ColvinGerman, Cambridge
2,697 Richard Lorrimanart. retired.
2,696 Katherine HelpsEnglish language Open University
2,695 Pamela TidswellWest YorkshireEmployers ask for skills sets that are unavailable because training facilities are not available. More employers should also be willing to encourage workforce development.
2,694 Robert Evanshistory, Oxford
2,693 Alex LancasterUniversity of Liverpool
2,692 C. Anthony LewisUniversity of PlymouthLecturer in Chemistry
2,691 Trevor PrescottRetired F.E. lecturer
2,690 Simon WarneColchester Institute
2,689 ann cowieESOL / teacher training Newham CollegeWe have seen huge cuts in the FE budget over the past few years, reducing opportunities for people of all ages to better themselves and get some qualifications.staff conditions of service have deteriorated to the point where teachers are unable to afford living in London and are suffering from increasing levels of stress.
2,688 Richard KellyTeacher Training. University of Warwick
2,687 Joan Bailey English Bolton College We must in invest in FE Colleges.
2,686 Lia KvavilashviliPsychology, University of Hertfordshire
2,685 Qi Newman
2,684 Sarah MeerLiterature; University of CambridgeMy experience is of excellent students (often mature students) who came to Higher Education via FE college. FE colleges are particularly good at enabling students for whom the school route doesn't work so well to explore their full potential.
2,683 Patta Scott-Villiersinternational development, University of SussexHigher education is one of our most productive sectors, - it increases capabilities within our own labour force and generates value from a worldwide service. Hitting higher education with excessive cuts lowers quality and diminishes our reputation as a world-class provider.
2,682 Steven BlakemoreEnglish
2,681 george stickneyArt and Design Working Men's College
2,680 Ian BellAmerican literature, Keele University
2,679 Carole TalbotHE Lecturer ManagementFE seems to have gone down the road of exporter - my experience is that it is bums on seats and thats all that matters, no doubt driven by funding. They are taking young people in need of further training onto courses designed for international students with degrees the result is half a year wasted on a course that is not suitable.
2,678 Kelly ElshafeyBusiness and management- MMU, Cheshire Education is the best investment in the future generations.
2,677 Derek TymanFine Art, Falmouth UniversityEducation not profit
2,676 laura ghanyCareers & Employability, University of the Arts London
2,675 Roger HopgoodPhotographySalaries in FE are well below that of the school or university sectors. I have 20 years teaching experience and 30 years industrial experience. I have a PhD in my specialist subject yet my salary is capped at 28,700 - well below what I would be earing inanother sector. I teach FE and HE and the provision I am a part of has been conistently praised by External Examiners and consistently achieves high results. This is unjust and demotivating and parity across the education sectors should be offered.
2,674 Jayne GeeEarly Years Lecturer at Birmingham Metropolitan College , BirminghamI believe firmly that education transforms lives. Further education has been monumental in shaping not only my life but that of my children. Without the intiative of 'widening participation' I would not be teaching today. I have witnessed on many occasions learners develop skills that have enabled them to change their lives for the better. Everyone, regardless of their start in life, personal wealth or social background deserves the opportunity to progress and develop, we are in danger of losing untapped potential if we are so short-sighted as to continue to underfund further education.
2,673 John B WilliamsFE teacher Liverpool for 30+ yearsYou and previous governments are destroying second chance education for thousands of women, young people and those who did not succeed in secondary education first time round.
2,672 Geoff WoolleyMusic Production, Northbrook College, Sussex
2,671 Holly Vass
2,670 Nick MeadTeacher Education Oxford Brookes University
2,669 Stephanie WilliamsBath College, ESL
2,668 Liz AllenSenior Lecturer, Biosciences and Chemistry, Sheffield Hallam University
2,667 Selby Cynthia
2,666 Sibel TaylorTeaching/Lecturing
2,665 JIM MORGANSt Helens College, Art band DesignFE does improve peoples lives by providing another opportunity for both school leavers and adult returners. Investment in staff and staff pay are urgently required to maintain and then improve the quality and potential for all.
2,664 Ruth McGrathTeesside UniversityFE changed my life. I left School at 16 with 3 0 levels. I studied over several years via FE, I had such strong support and encouragement from my tutor when studying my Psychology GCSE that I went directly onto study with the Open University gaining a BA (Hons) and an MA, then to my local HE provider where I studied a further 2 masters and currently doctoral studies. FE changed my life!
2,663 Stella Capes
2,662 john tootlewest lancs collegeThe erosion of terms and conditions for people working in FE has led to a carousel of temporary workers flitting through colleges the length of the UK. It is ruining the experience and impairing the quality of learning & teaching for both teachers & students alike.
2,661 Simon WelshStudent Education Service, University of Leeds FE changes lives and provides real value for money.
2,660 Michael DalyA good education system is good for the people, country and economy,
2,659 Chris MorganSevenoaks Adult education centre
2,658 mehdi husainiPhysics Teesside University UCUFurther Education requires more funding because demand is increasing
2,657 Kavita PhakeyScienceI feel that Science is under resourced in FE
2,656 Noumi NooruddeenComputing and Media at WindsorHaving worked at both HE and FE, I have come to release that FE is more valuable in uplifting the under-privileged and adults. It is high time that the authorities put more funding into the sector, so that people like me can make more differences tot he society.
2,655 Marilyn Taylorlip reading teacher city lit Adult learningFE transforms lives and enhances mental and physical health
2,654 Ros GarrickRetired
2,653 Catherine LatimerEnglish Offender LearningThis is vital