Components of the FE & Skills sector

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Dear Viewer. Following the recent launch of the Policy Consortium FE & Skills Study, we are now beginning work on Phase 2 – using the sector’s recommendations in our report to start to bring about the changes needed to remove policy volatility and create the very best environment for providers to create the conditions for successful learning.

Please help us scope the whole of the FE & Skills sector by adding under the headings below any organisations you know of that work in, research or support our sector. Feel free to add new headings as required or suggest amendments.

Thank you
The Policy Consortium team

a. Policy makers

  • Department for Education
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Office for Civil Society & Innovation at the Cabinet Office
  • Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology
  • Shadow ministerial departments (all major parties)

b. Auditors

  • Education Select Committee
  • FE Commissioner
  • HMCIP or other auditors of secure-estate learning and skills
  • Ofsted
  • QAA

c. Funders

  • Education & Skills Funding Agency

d. Good practice/subject groups – National

  • Association of Colleges
  • Association of Employment and Learning Providers
  • Association of School and College Leaders
  • Collab Group
  • Campaign for Learning
  • Edge Foundation
  • Education & Employers
  • Education & Training Foundation
  • Education Endowment Foundation
  • Employment Related Services Association
  • Gatsby
  • Holex
  • Landex
  • Learning & Work Institute
  • National Numeracy
  • RaPAL (Research & Practice in Adult Literacy Group
  • SKOPE – Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance
  • Third Sector National Learning Alliance
  • Wellcome Trust

e. Good practice/subject groups – Regional

  • AELP (including regional groups)
  • AOC (including regional groups such as AOC SE Quality Network, EMFEC, etc)
  • Learning and Work Institute
  • London Learning Consortium
  • North West Quality Network
  • Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership
  • The Lancashire Colleges

f. Awarding bodies

  • AQA
  • City & Guilds
  • Federation of Awarding Bodies
  • NCFE
  • OCR
  • Pearson
  • WJEC

g. Providers

  • Adult and community learning (inc. Local Authorities)
  • Colleges (inc. Sixth Form Colleges and Specialist Colleges)
  • Prisons
  • Unions (inc. Unionlearn)
  • Voluntary sector
  • Welfare to work providers
  • Work-based learning/training providers

h. Sector membership bodies (inc. unions)

  • Business in the Community
  • Chartered College
  • Principals’ Professional Council
  • WEA – Workers’ Educational Association

i. Unions

  • NASUWT Teachers’ Union
  • National Association of Head Teachers
  • National Education Union (NUT & ATL)
  • Unite
  • University and College Union

j. Think-tanks and research

  • Association of Research in Post-Compulsory Education Promoting research in FE (ARPCE)
  • British Educational Research Association
  • Centre Forum
  • Centre for Social Justice
  • Centre for Vocational Education Research, London School of Economics
  • Curee
  • Demos
  • Education Media Centre
  • Education Policy Institute
  • Further Education Trust for Leadership
  • HE institutions
  • Institute for Government
  • National Foundation for Education Research
  • Policy Consortium
  • Policy Exchange
  • Reform
  • Royal Society of Arts
  • Social Market Foundation
  • The Universities Council for the Education of Teachers

k. Other change initiatives and conference organisers

  • Central Careers Hub
  • World Skills

l. Press

  • FE News
  • FE Week
  • Guardian Education
  • TES

m. Industry

  • Association of Business Executives
  • CBI
  • Chartered Management Institute
  • Federation for Industry Sector Skills & Standards
  • Federation of Small Businesses
  • People & Infrastructure, p. Education publishers
  • Sector Skills Councils
  • Kaplan


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