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28 March 2006

HEFCE welcomes further education White Paper

The Government's White Paper, Further Education: Raising Skills, Improving Life Chances [Adobe PDF] was published on Monday 27 March.

Liz Beaty, HEFCE Director for Learning and Teaching, said:

'We very much welcome the Government's continued commitment in the White Paper to developing foundation degrees and to supporting higher education (HE) delivered in further education (FE) colleges, particularly focusing on employability and widening participation.

'We are pleased that it acknowledges the role of Lifelong Learning Networks (LLNs), and the FE colleges involved in them, in helping learners to move between different kinds of programmes, and we expect to support a number of additional LLNs in the coming year.

'We are currently reviewing our policy on funding and supporting HE in FE colleges, with the aim overall of developing a consistent and coherent strategy that will enable FE colleges to best contribute to the changing landscape of HE. The issues highlighted in the White Paper are among the main questions that our review is addressing.'

The Government's press release of its announcement is available on the DfES web-site.