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Voices of the Further Education Sector: The purpose of the education sector now

It is over ten years since the Foster Report identified that the FE sector struggled with its own coherence and identify. Many years later, as part of the Oxford University Saϊd Business School and the Education and Training Foundation sponsored FE Strategic Leadership Programme, a quick exercise asking participants to identify on a spectrum whether FE was more aligned to private sector commercialism or adding public value revealed a dispersed range of answers which was stark.

A group of leaders from the course have now set out to work on attempting to understand this issue in more detail and begin to take a forward look, as to right now, in the twenty first century, what is the purpose of further education and if it still has intrinsic relevance?

The group have collated, edited and published a series of articles to the sector capturing the voices of leaders within the sector and adjacent groups holding a view ‘from the balcony’.

The views held within the document are not those of the Education and Training Foundation or the Oxford Saϊd Business School, but of a collective of individuals who have a strong interest in the future of the Further Education Sector.

Voices of the Further Education Sector: The purpose of the education sector now