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Politics policy and priorities the impact on further education colleges and their role in

Politics, Policy and Priorities

The impact on Further Education Colleges

and their role in

Higher Education

Ian Munro

Association of Colleges (SW)


The journey so far

The journey – so far!

  • 1992 Incorporation of colleges

  • 2000 Learning and Skills Councils

  • 2001 Foundation Degrees

  • 1995 -2005 = 35 major policy reviews of FE System

  • 2005 Foster Review – focus on FE Colleges and role in HE (rec. 69-73)

  • 2006 Raising skills and Improving Life Chances (White paper)

  • 2007 FE Bill and 2007 Leitch Review

  • FE Bill – linked to Public Sector reform agenda

    …………..so where do we go next?


The future shape of fe

The future Shape of FE

  • Demand led?

  • Commissioning, tendering and contestability

  • Stability and Flexibility – the right mix

  • Unstable sector - new (short term) entrants

  • Challenges of access, rurality and supporting local communities

  • Strategic Management Capacity

  • Opportunities for those well positioned

  • Self Regulation


He in fe

HE in FE

  • 14% of Hi delivered in FECs

  • 63% of HE students in FE are on sub-degree programmes (HNC/HND/FDeg);

  • 30% of students are on degree programmes;

  • 7% of students are on post-graduate programmes.

  • FDeg: 48% PT; 52% FT; 65% over 21

  • 28% of FDeg students come from an area of deprivation

  • Directly funded colleges =3.5% (£135M)


Where do we go from here

Where do we go from here?

  • HEFCE -Higher Education in Further Education Colleges – AoC SW Response

  • Future Funding of FE and HE

  • HEI and FEC partnerships

  • Validation

  • 14-19 specialist diplomas

  • Part time HE 2020 40% adults to level 4

  • Degree awarding powers!


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