• Not just other people’s children: what the public thinks about vocational education

    Previous SMF research has highlighted the relative neglect of Further Education in both the media and among policymakers. Some have suggested this reflects broader social and cultural perceptions that vocational education is less prestigious and desirable than academic education. To the contrary, in this briefing we present the results of a nationally representative survey which shows that the general public believe vocational qualifications to be just as useful and desirable as a university degree – if not more.

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  • Building an FE research community of practice

    A new report from the Further Education Trust for Leadership gives an example of how further education practitioner-researchers can work together to build FE’s community of knowledge and ideas

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  • Missing the Story: the UK media’s neglect of Further Education

    A new paper supported by the Further Education Trust for Leadership highlights the UK media’s failure to understand or engage with further education.

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  • FE White Paper 2021: Ideas to Action

    Education Secretary Gavin Williamson launched the UK Government’s long-awaited Further Education (FE) White Paper, Skills for Jobs: Lifelong Learning for Opportunity and Growth, in January. It has had a mixed reaction from within the FE sector, with some welcoming the recognition it gave to the role of FE and skills and the scope they found in the paper for its development, while others were disappointed that it did not do more to support engagement with people furthest from formal education or employment or to articulate its reforms with other sectors and systems.

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  • Study buddies? Competition and collaboration between higher education and further education

    This report, supported by the Further Education Trust for Leadership, examines the relationship between further education (FE) and higher education (HE) and assesses how the two sectors cooperate and compete.

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  • Voices from the tightrope: the role of distress

    A new FETL report considers the drivers of distress among FE leaders and asks what leaders can do to cope

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The Further Education Trust for Leadership is an independent think tank established to strengthen and develop the leadership of thinking from, in and about the further education system.

FETL ceased its work and operating with effect from 31 March 2021 and has wound down its affairs in an orderly manner and paid all known debts in full. The Members have followed best practice by placing the Company into members’ voluntary liquidation. They have appointed Sean Croston of Grant Thornton UK LLP to formally conclude the affairs and life of the Company, having concluded their planned work.

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The Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL) aims to foster and support the leadership of thinking in further education and skills. FETL offers opportunities to colleagues in and around the further education and skills system. We do this through our programme for the exploration of future possibilities, the events we offer and the resources we produce. We support sector colleagues to undertake research and development activities in areas which are of interest to them and which are relevant to the leadership of thinking, in pursuit of intelligent sector development. Their thinking in turn informs the creation of new, collaborative spaces of possibility, encouraging generative engagement with relevant partners.

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