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People looking to learn new skills have more flexible options than ever before, finds James Morrison

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Now that teenagers aged 14 to 16 are able to opt to be educated in further education (FE) colleges, lecturers are being confronted with the kind of difficult behaviour that previously only teachers in schools saw. So, it is right that the Government should legislate to give FE lecturers the power to restrain unruly children who need to be removed from the classroom or otherwise controlled. It was a anomaly that they were required to teach disaffected youngsters without being able to do so effectively. Lecturers need the same powers as teachers. When will the Government decide that they also need the same pay?

Whatever happened to A-level choice?

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Home Learning: You might learn more by remote control

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Take a break - and learn something

Belly dancing, using the internet, or arts and crafts? Enrol on your dream course

Tutorial colleges: 'The teachers treat you with respect'

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A message from Dr John Brennan at the Association of Colleges

In 20 years' time half of our population will be 50 and over. This demographic time bomb requires action

Somerset College: The building blocks of a sustainable future

One college is leading the way in pioneering new techniques in construction, says Neil Merrick
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