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New Deal and the colleges - forcing new wine into old bottles?
This paper is based on a summary of research undertaken by members of the London Region Post-16 Network who, over a period of nine months, conducted an investigation into how a central plank in the UK Government’s social exclusion policy; namely the New Deal, was operating within the FE colleges.
The investigation revealed that there were considerable problems surrounding the management, pastoral support and curriculum delivery of the New Deal programme across the London Colleges. The central cause of these problems seemed to relate to a mismatch between the need for greater flexibility demanded by students coming via the New Deal routeway and the way that colleges are organised, including their curriculum delivery patterns and the provision of pastoral support care. There was no fully homogenous picture which emerged in the way the colleges investigated dealt with the challenges of New Deal. Some colleges had responded enthusiastically as part of their overall commitment to tackling social exclusion while for others it was a fringe activity only as their overall mission was perceived to be more in the HE area. In short, the level of political commitment to the New Deal concept varied widely across the colleges. For those colleges where commitment was low, much to much was left to the enthusiasm and hard work of the college new Deal co-ordinators. Levels of New Deal support funding appeared to be a common area of concern and in many cases this affected the flexibility and range of programme offer for New Deal students.
Manning, Sabine; Raffe, David (eds.). 2000. VETNET ECER 2000 proceedings: Current research in European vocational education and human resource development. Berlin: Wissenschaftsforum Bildung und Gesellschaft e.V. [Internet: http://www.b.shuttle.de/wifo/vet/ecer00.htm].