How does budget regulations affect FE institutions?

Education needs to be flexible in order to fit the needs of learners and teachers. Where there are funding restrictions, the development of flexible and bespoke delivery models is limited.

The way in which further education (FE) institutions are funded varies widely across the UK, as do the social and political contexts within which these decisions are made. Widely accepted though, is the belief that the sector has suffered for far too long from a lack of investment and focus.

This article explores in detail the ways FE colleges are challenged by their dependence on government spending, unprotected budgets and the difficulties associated with rising fee income from employers or individuals.

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