National Colleges Week takes place this month (15th – 19th October) with the aim of getting the government to boost Further Education funding, whilst highlighting the benefits of FE institutions through a ‘Love our Colleges’ campaign.
The campaign will see colleges across the country, along with education unions and students, hosting events to showcase all they do to raise awareness of the funding challenges that colleges face.
The week is focused around a national lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 17 October, which will involve principals lobbying MPs and education trade unionists marching and then rallying in Parliament Square.
Alongside the ‘Love Our Colleges’ campaign, Colleges Week aims to raise the profile of the FE sector and spotlight a widespread concern over funding levels in the FE sector. Spending per student in FE has fallen by around 12 per cent in real terms since 2010. In 2019-20, funding levels will be at about the same level as in 2006-07!
How you can support the 'Love Our Colleges' Campaign?
* Post your support of the campaign via social media retweeting / posting messages from the BCG College Twitter and Facebook sites.
* Lobby your local MP about the issue of fair funding for Colleges so we can invest in the future of students.
* Follow @AoC_info on Twitter for the latest social media campaign activities.
* Attend our Open Evenings in October with your son/daughter to show support of your local College.