Our vision

What we do today must inform and improve the sector’s future.

We give opportunities to people to build the evidence needed to change policy and influence practice by funding research fellowships and development projects and in offering opportunities to think, learn and act.

Our vision is of a further education and skills sector that is valued and respected for:

  • Innovating constantly to meet the needs of learners, communities and employers;
  • Preparing for the long term as well as delivering in the short term;
  • Sharing fresh ideas generously, informing practice with knowledge and knowledge with professional practice.

As an organisation we intend to be:


Encouraging new ideas to improve all aspects of further education by the leadership of thinking.

Creating a body of knowledge to enrich both leadership learning and learners’ lives.

Using evidence, networks and resources strategically and impartially.

Provoking new ways of working to deliver excellence in the leadership for learning within further education.

Using our voice and assets wisely at all times.


Hear what Chair of FETL, Ricky McMenemy, and Trustee, Jill Westerman CBE, say about FETL’s publications: