Concern At Negative Impact Of FE Loans On Disadvantaged

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The FE sector is worried by the negative impact FE loans have had on learners from disadvantaged backgrounds. A government report published today has investigated the impact of the government’s FE reform agenda. Low interest and poor take-up of the loans by particular groups of learners, including those from disadvantaged communities was “a real concern for some providers” and “there is some evidence that the introduction of loans is leading to a decline in participation and provision at level three and above”.