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Lessons learnt?

As a whistleblower's allegations about Leeds College of Building are investigated, Neil Merrick asks if FE institutions have cleaned up their act

A place to create

Volunteer teachers, or 'learning brokers', are helping to rebuild the lives of London's homeless, says Gareth Rubin

John Brennan: Mind the gap (between schools and colleges)

Labour ministers worry about what pollsters call "the perception gap".

Learning pays

Get cash to study? Pilot schemes indicate that EMAs could make a big difference to teenagers, says Elaine Williams

Scratching a living

DJing seems so left-field it's surprising there are so many college courses available in it. Marcus Freed cues up a few of the success stories

Picking up the pieces

Staff morale can be badly affected at colleges criticised by Ofsted inspectors. Neil Merrick hears how some institutions are questioning the inspection process

The poor relations

Improved funding has made a difference to colleges. But only more money will quell growing levels of staff discontent, says Beryl Pratley

Kick-start for training

Apprenticeships have been in decline for some time. But a new government push is aiming to raise their profile and popularity, says Steve McCormack

Leading article: College SOS

The funding crisis in further-education colleges was highlighted last week when more than 200 principals, lecturers and students held a rally at the House of Commons.

Seat of learning

Do you have a great novel in you? Want to know more about real ale? One picturesque adult-education retreat has it all

Study breaks with a view

Fancy taking a course at a historic house in a beautiful setting? Gareth Rubin shows you how

Leading article: Apprentices need reform

The education establishment seems to think that it is a good thing for children as young as 14 to be able to take up to two days off school each week to learn a trade under the Government's radical shake-up of apprenticeships.

Brains, not brawn

His critics were afraid that John Brennan would be too unassuming to run the Association of Colleges. Not so, says Simon Midgley

Build-up of failure

There's a skills crisis in construction, with apprentices dropping out in record numbers. Linda Blackburne examines some dodgy academic foundations

Freedom to fail

A-level student Sophie Monks Kaufman reflects on what her college has taught her that her grammar school couldn't
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