Since the start of the campaign in September 2018 there has been lots of activity, from students and staff recording songs to parliamentary debates and petitions. We need to keep the momentum going. Below are some of the highlights so far.
31 August 2019 - Government announcement £400 million FE funding
The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced at the September spending round. Read the statement from AoC
14 to 18 October 2019 - Colleges Week 2019
Upcoming week of activity - further details to come
19 JULY 2019 - Education Select Committee report supporting increase of funding
The Education Select Committee have released a report pushing government to create a ten-year plan, with the correct levels of funding for colleges and schools, including reversing the decade of cuts to further education.
27 JUNE 2019 - Joint letter 203 GFE principals
In an unprecedented move, the leaders of every general further education college in England write an open letter to the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Education urging them to respond to the “challenges of technological change and Brexit” by urgently investing in the country’s technical and vocational education system.
29 MAY 2019 - Post-18 Review report published
The report attempts to balance the needs, aspirations and opportunities for every adult and proposes meaningful changes across universities, colleges and skills which are vital to set the country up for the future – including recognition for the vital role of FE colleges.
21 MAY 2019 - Treasury Questions, Judith Cummins, MP for Bradford South
“Will the Chancellor listen to his Government’s own commission, boost FE funding and give the most disadvantaged students the opportunities they deserve?” Watch here
13 to 17 May 2019 - May Week of Activity
Colleges across the country hosted events and spoke to their local MPs, staff, students and local business partners to demonstrate why the Chancellor should ensure meaningful and sustainable investment of colleges in his comprehensive spending review.
2 April 2019 - Parliamentary debate
Westminster Hall Debate on further education funding, Richard Graham MP and Nic Dakin MP
8 FEBRUARY 2019 - Cross-party letter to Chancellor
In a show of political unity, 165 cross-party MPs from four political parties, have co-signed a letter calling on the Chancellor to increase funding for colleges.
1 FEBRUARY – PMQs, Toby Perkins MP for Chesterfield
Used the first question to ask why the funding for young people in colleges was not a priority for this Government. Watch here.
21 JANUARY 2019 - Parliamentary debate of college funding petition
Over 50 MPs joined for the Westminster Hall Debate on college funding, led by Daniel Zeichner MP
15 to 19 OCTOBER 2018 - A week of campaigning
The first Colleges Week for the Love Our Colleges campaign saw activities up and down the country highlighting the breadth of what colleges do. From local events to a march on parliament.
18 OCTOBER 2018 - Joint MP blog
Robert Halfon Conservative MP for Harlow and Lucy Powell MP, Labour and Co-Operative MP for Manchester Central showing the cross-party support we have received.
18 OCTOBER 2018 - Parliamentary Petition
Brokenhurst College students start parliamentary petition calling on the Government for urgent investment.