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…further education and skills is going to be a priority of this government
— Boris Johnson, Prime Minister
As a former student of a FE college, I’ll treat them with the seriousness they deserve for a changing economy
— Sajid Javid, Chancellor
We love our colleges. We’ll do all we can to call for them to receive the increase in funding that they need and deserve
— Angela Rayner, Shadow Secretary of State for Education

The Campaign

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Colleges transform millions of lives each year, shape communities, and boost our economy. Yet they are the only part of the education system that has been subject to a decade of cut after cut.

| Young people get an average of 10 hours less contact time than their counterparts around the world

| Teachers in colleges are paid 20% less than in schools, and many support staff have seen little or no pay increase for several years

The Love Our Colleges campaign is a partnership, calling on government to invest in our people by investing in our colleges.


Colleges Week 2019

14 - 18 October


In the news

Throughout the campaign there has been a huge amount of news coverage highlighting why it is so important that the further education sector receives urgent investment from Government. Further education can no longer be ignored, we still need to do more. Below are some highlights.

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October 2019

9 ways to re-engage off-rolled students | Tes | 14 October

New research leads AoC to demand extra funding for students with ‘complex’ needs | 14 October

Why we LOVE our Colleges by London South East Colleges | FE News | 14 October

Student safety charter to be launched in Colleges Week | FE Week | 14 October

Colleges struggling to cope with growing number of students out of school during GCSEs, report finds | Independent | 13 October


Sheffield College principal welcomes government announcement | The Sheffield Star | 2 September

August 2019

First investment in 16-19 in over decade | Association of Colleges | 31 August

Sajid Javid pledges £400 further education | BBC | 31 August

July 2019

The Forgotten Half | BBC Radio Four (30 mins) | 8 July

June 2019

Empowering staff and students: Northumberland College ensures ‘open door policy’ for students seeking mental health support | 15 June 2019

College pledges support for “Love Our Colleges” campaign | 14 June

May 2019

City Lit Week of Activity – Love Our Colleges blog | City Lit website | 13 May

Gary Headland: Why we need a fairer deal for further education | The Lincolnite | 13 May

April 2019

Love Our Colleges. Stone King Does | LinkedIn blog | 11 May

March 2019

Nick Gibb hints at 16-18 funding boost in spending review | Tes | 05 March

Sixth forms drop languages A-levels due to 'inadequate' funding | The Guardian | 6 March

Augar should set out a new vision for tertiary education | WonkHE | 6 March

February 2019

CBI calls for extra year of education | BBC | 28 February

Letters: working together on mental health (crisis in FE fundng) | The Guardian | 17 February

165 MPs back letter calling on chancellor to up FE funding | Tes | 8 February

Social mobility is about more than universities | Tes | 11 February

Adult Education 'requires improvement | Tes | 18 February

October 2018

Adult Education Is Of Vital Importance | Huffington Post | 18 October

Principal closes college for staff and students to march on Westminster | The Guardian | 16 October

September 2018

Colleges Week 2018: Everything you need to know | Tes | 18 September