Recently, Marina and I got to write about Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement, its impact on Further Education, and how the sector has responded. It’s extremely important for us and the Patrick Morgan Foundation team to keep an eye on policy changes as they happen – these announcements will have direct impact on core and further education in equal measure, and we’re extremely glad to collaborate with FE News again to write about these developments as they happen.
In the weeks before Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt delivered his much-awaited Autumn Statement, we knew, at least in broad strokes, what was coming. He was planning tax increases and public spending cuts, as well as further support to tackle living costs, in order to curtail inflation and prevent—or lessen the effects of—an incoming recession. What we didn’t know is whether or not these measures would go far enough, especially within the education sector, which has long since suffered from underfunding, lack of prioritisation, and a struggle to recruit and retain teachers.
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