This week (15 – 19 October), The Association of Colleges (AoC), along with other trade unions and professional associations, are highlighting the important work that takes place in colleges, as well appealing to government to better invest in colleges and improve pay for staff.
On average, colleges in England have faced a 30% funding cut over the course of the last ten years while costs have increased exponentially.
NAHT supports the AoC’s view that the funding situation for colleges has created a landscape which offers fewer opportunities for adult learners, and has reduced the number of learning and teaching hours available to young people. In addition, teacher and support staff pay has not increased in several years within the vast majority of colleges. This is deterring many people from entering the profession while more and more of those who currently work in colleges consider leaving.
NAHT agrees that this situation is unsustainable, and calls on the government to provide evidence of their commitment to education by providing sufficient investment to ensure our public educational institutions are fit to support all learners.
You can find out more about the #LoveOurColleges campaign and sign their petition by visiting their website.
First published 15 October 2018