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Success and the City

Landing a job can be difficult for young people who lack skills and confidence. But a project in east London is providing the training needed for jobs in nearby Canary Wharf, says Robert Nurden

The world is welcome

Tony Blair's pledge to get 25,000 more FE students from overseas by 2005 is on target, writes Tim Walker

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Twenty years of civil war have left many Sudanese people uneducated and illiterate. Grace McCann visits a nation where hope is, finally, overcoming fear

John Brennan: For Tomlinson's diploma to work, ask the colleges

Recent Government statistics showed that the proportion of young people gaining five good GCSEs at school increased by just half a percentage point since last year: 46 per cent still don't reach this standard by 16.

Lessons in spin

Colleges should take notes from the Prime Minister's former spin doctor, Alastair Campbell, says Neil Merrick

Losing the fun stuff

Leisure courses for adults are being deliberately squeezed out of college schedules. Neil Merrick finds out why

Why can't they last the course?

Ian Shelton loved his adult-education cookery course, but then it all went wrong - teachers changed, students dropped out, and the lectures were halted. His experience isn't unusual, says Caitlin Davies

The fraud busters

Each year, foreign students are lured on to dubious English-language courses. Neil Merrick looks at how two towns have cracked the problem

It pays to stay on after 16

Almost half of all eligible teenagers will be able to claim the new educational maintenance allowances this autumn. Sarah Halasz explains the benefits

Simply the best

Nearly half of all university students come from colleges rather than schools. Amy McLellan reveals why

John Brennan: Autumn hope replaces the August blues

Reading some newspapers in August is not good for the spirit.

John Brennan: Why is the Connexions service not working?

The transition to adulthood is difficult for many young people, which is why the Government established the Connexions service to provide tailored advice to all 13- to 19-year-olds. Through a website and local advisers, it promises universal help for young people to find the right courses, plan for careers, use money wisely and deal with teenage relationship and family troubles. In theory, it was a good idea because traditional careers advice for all would be supplemented by extra support for those young people who were at risk of dropping out of education. But in practice it doesn't seem to be working.

Who will guard the guards?

After the Deepcut tragedy, the Army is opening its doors to outside inspectors

Those who can, do

A glance at Britain's super-rich shows the route to the top doesn't have to be a traditional one
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