Funding concerns

PUBLISHED: 11:15 22 December 2011

I read with concern the article in the Journal about the reduction in funding to Exmouth Community College - now an academy - and the knock-on effect in the academy’s attempt to make use of the Rolle College site.

Clearly, if serious attention is to be paid to our region’s social and economic recovery, appropriate resources must be made available to its educational and training facilities.

It is of little use for the coalition government to extol the merits of academies if the funding that is made available is reduced.

That appears to be the position with respect to Rolle College.

Also, if justice is to be done regarding the training provision, should there not be a concerted and co-ordinated effort made at Devon County Council and East Devon Council levels to audit the availability of these resources in schools, colleges, universities and in the private sector?

Putting these resources to really meaningful use will require adequate funding, whatever the input from volunteers.

Bill Jordan

8 Sheirs Orchard, Yettington.

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