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Simmons, Robin – Journal of Further and Higher Education, 2009
Further education (FE) colleges have long been regarded as the "Cinderella service" of English education. From their origins in the technical institutes of the nineteenth century, through the years of haphazard growth in the early twentieth century, and for most of the era of local authority control from 1944 until the early 1990s, FE…
Descriptors: Compulsory Education, Adult Education, Academic Education, Foreign Countries
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Simmons, Robin – Journal of Further and Higher Education, 2008
Fifteen years ago further education (FE) colleges in England were removed from local education authority (LEA) control and re-formed as "FE corporations". Now, it is proposed that, from 2010, local authorities will become re-involved in the running of FE. Given such a prospect, this article takes the opportunity to look back at colleges…
Descriptors: Adult Education, School Districts, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy
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Simmons, Robin; Thompson, Ron – Journal of Further and Higher Education, 2007
Initial teacher training for post-compulsory education in England is currently undergoing profound change in terms of central direction of curricula and the provision of financial support for trainees. Within a discourse of the "professionalisation" of teaching in the sector, unprecedented control of the detailed structure and content of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Financial Support, Curriculum Development, Student Recruitment