Given the present employment market, who can blame a young person for taking a job opportunity when it comes, especially when study is often continued on a part-time basis? I shall look with interest to see whether or not the Audit Commission has identified this not inconsiderable group of people whom I would claim as successes for the further education system, not failures.
And if the Department for Education is blaming colleges for over-recruiting for the sake of financial advantage, we need only ask who invented 'input-related' funding. It certainly was not the colleges. The risk now is that the funding council will move to an 'output-related' system that will prove just as inappropriate, unless more sensitive ways of interpreting success and failure are devised.
North East Surrey College
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