Reforming further education in England

16th August 2011

The paper – New Challenges, New Chances – along with associated detailed documents on the Informal adult and community learning consultation and on Further Education loans, invites responses to a wide-ranging overview of proposals for change – covering everything from literacy and numeracy provision through to higher education, but surprisingly not the National Careers Service.

NIACE will issue an initial response shortly, but urges all its members and supporters to begin preparing their own responses in advance to the Department’s deadline of 21 October 2011 (or 20 September for proposals concerning higher education).

There are nine key areas for consultation set out in New Challenges, New Chances:

  1. Vision for the FE landscape and shape of the sector
  2. Introducing Level 3/4 loans and sharing responsibility for investing in skills
  3. FE college and training provider freedoms and flexibilities
  4. Simplifying the funding system
  5. Teaching, learning and qualifications
  6. Review of Informal Adult and Community Learning
  7. Review of literacy and numeracy provision for adults
  8. Delivering higher education and skills
  9. Deregulation and devolution