Leadership, Further Education and Social Justice

I have much pleasure in enclosing a copy of the Further Education Trust for Leadership’s latest publication, Leadership, Further Education and Social Justice, written by Rob Smith, Professor of Education at Birmingham City University, and Vicky Duckworth, Professor of Education at Edge Hill University.

Most further education college employees see their work as contributing to social justice. College mission statements emphasise meeting the needs of their communities, local employers and the economy with outstanding provision. But what tensions are there between these needs? What does it mean to meet the needs of communities? How does this overlapwith a commitment to social justice? And what does outstanding provision with social justice at its heart look like?

This important research report was funded by the Further Education Trust for Leadership to gather evidence and to provide answers to these questions. I know you will find it important and interesting intelligence to hear the voices and thoughts of our community of colleagues and to employ their messages as we move forward strategically into change.

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