Sean Bean’s battle cry: ‘I despair at the state of further education’

The actor joins chef Ainsley Harriott and David Blunkett in fight to save colleges from threat of funding cuts

It was after peeking into a drama class at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology that Sean Bean, then a welding apprentice on day release, was drawn to the arts. The actor, who trained in further education before going on to star in Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, is today calling for better protection for colleges such as that in Rotherham.

Funding for further education (FE) colleges has been reduced by 14% over the past five years, forcing principals to increase class sizes and cut courses. Although further education escaped additional cuts in the spending review, the financial situation is bleak and the government is now looking at reducing the number of colleges. It is feared that as many as 50 of England’s 335 colleges could disappear.

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