Professor Lorna Unwin OBE, Professor Emeritus at UCL and former Deputy Director of LLAKES, has been invited by the Public Policy Institute for Wales to undertake an evidence review as to what constitutes quality in Further Education (FE). The report arising from the review is now available.
The report finds that rt found that there has been a steady decrease in the number of overall post 16 learners since 2005/6 although work based learning provision is on the increase. Most respondents who had been interviewed felt that the FE sector is now at its optimum size in terms of the number of institutions. There was a strong wish for consolidation rather than further reformulation of the current arrangements. Some argued that a further reduction in the number of institutions would jeopardise the capacity of colleges to serve their communities and main stakeholders.