Monday 03-10-2016 - 16:39
Since the government announced a major review of further education in England last July, NUS has been working across the country to gather learners’ expectations for the future of further education.
Three out of the five waves of colleges across the country have now completed the recommendation and planning stage of the area review process, through which the government seek to create “fewer, larger, more efficient and resilient” institutions.
To ensure that learners' voices are heard loud and clear throughout area reviews NUS have arranged roundtables in every area of England, to bring local colleges together to discuss their expectations for the future of FE. The FEunplugged campaign was also launched earlier this year to help students’ unions to gather support on campus and throughout their local community.
As part of this ongoing work to amplify the voice of learners throughout area reviews, last week NUS submitted written evidence to the post-16 area reviews inquiry. The inquiry, which was launched by the government's Education, Skills and Economy sub-committee, will scrutinise the impact and effectiveness of area reviews on the further education sector. Our submission outlines learners' key concerns, including delays and confusion about the process and expectations around quality, access, learner voice and outcomes of FE. You can read our submission here.
In the coming weeks NUS will be launching the second phase of the FEunplugged campaign, aimed at supporting unions to work with their institutions, local authorities and UK government to ensure their needs are met as the implementation stage of the process begins.
For further details on area reviews and the #FEunplugged campaign, take a look at the campaign hub.