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Speaking at the Bett education technology show in London on January 20, Stephen Nichols, policy implementation manager at the SFA, confirmed that they will not be imposing a reduced funding rate for online learning, saying that it was not a “cheap option”.
The SFA had been looking into online learning following the publication of the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (Feltag) report in March 2014. A spokesperson for the SFA said that the evidence they had seen showed that “there are a wide range of variables involved” in setting an online funding rate. “Final recommendations on an online funding rate will be made when our online learning report is published in due course,” she said.
AELP welcomes the news, reflecting as it does a policy position we have been pursuing with the SFA for some time.