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Further education in England: at the crossroads between a national, competitive sector and a locally collaborative system?

Spours, K; Hodgson, EA; (2019) Further education in England: at the crossroads between a national, competitive sector and a locally collaborative system? Journal of Education and Work , 32 (3) pp. 224-237. 10.1080/13639080.2019.1596231. Green open access

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Abstract

During the 25 years since Incorporation, when further education (FE) colleges were taken out of local government control, FE in England has been shaped by processes of marketisation to become a competitive national sector that has increasingly diverged from the more ‘collaborative system logic’ of the other three countries of the UK. However, following recent government reforms, FE in England appears to have reached a crossroads with the opportunity to participate in a more collaborative skills-based landscape at the local and sub-regional levels. This article brings together evidence from historical and international comparative system analysis, a series of UK-wide seminars and in-depth research on the Area-Based Review of FE colleges to assess the strategic direction of FE in England at this critical juncture. We argue that English FE providers can take advantage of these trends to make a transition from a reactive, competitive national sector towards a more collaborative, regional and sub-regional system focused on inclusive economic and skills development. The article concludes that the potential for cross-UK policy learning depends on whether FE in England gradually transitions towards a more collaborative future that could bring it closer to FE and skills systems in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Type: Article
Title: Further education in England: at the crossroads between a national, competitive sector and a locally collaborative system?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2019.1596231
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2019.1596231
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Further education, skills, localities and regions, England, policy, collaboration
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10081989
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