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ANY SCHOOLS GROWTH WILL BE AT EXPENSE OF TECs AND FE

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It is thought that the education and employment secretary Gillian Shephard is likely to win some extra money for sc...
It is thought that the education and employment secretary Gillian Shephard is likely to win some extra money for schools but at the expense of either further education colleges or training and enterprise councils, says the Times Educational Supplement (p1).

The TES lead story says that FE colleges have come off comparatively well in the cash contest since their removal from LEA control in 1993 when they were guaranteed funding growth of 16% over three years. The growth period is due to end on 31 March.

But, the TES reports that with a demand for 25% growth in student numbers over the same period, figures due to be released today will show that more than one in eight FE colleges are technically bankrupt.

The extent of the crisis is likely to provoke 'surprise and alarm' in a sector that already fears it will lose out to schools in funding decisions.
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