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FE Lecturers Union Says That There Is Still No Sign of Action

The National Association of Teachers In Further and Higher Education (NATFHE) has given its support to a campaign for fair funding and says that the “shocking” 10% funding gap between schools and colleges cannot continue.

“You can”t put a pot on the back burner then expect it not to boil over, but that’s what ministers have done,” says Barry Lovejoy, NATFHE Head of Colleges. This gap affects two in three young people aged 16-19 who attend colleges rather than school sixth forms in England, a figure of more than 700,000 young people.

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Lovejoy said that this gap has become even more pressing as increasing numbers of further education lecturers are teaching 14-16 year olds. “NATFHE members are in the middle of a ballot because many colleges have failed to implement in full the conditions of a national pay deal. Later this month, we could see lecturers strike because their patience truly has run out,” added Lovejoy.

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