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The Valuing Enrichment Project

A long-term piece of longitudinal research into enrichment spanning four years (2020-2024) is being undertaken in a pioneering collaboration between AoC and the University of Derby, funded by NCFE. The research will seek to demonstrate the huge role enrichment activities play in preparing students for employment and careers.

The aim of the in-depth research is to get sector wide agreement on what we mean by “enrichment” and to fill the evidence gap around enrichment in post-16 education. This project will include reporting on the current state of enrichment activities delivered across the sector, sharing best practice, demonstrating their impact to government departments, and articulating the case for why such activities should be more strongly supported as a means to create more work-ready, resilient and active citizens. The approach to this piece of research is unique and will provide evidence focused and influential data. The approach will be fluid and allow us to evidence changes in practice and impact through repeated surveys of different types of post-16 organisations, as well as qualitative interviews with staff and students within those organisations.

Two reports will be produced, one expected to be available in June 2023, and a further final project report will be published in Spring 2024.

Latest Report

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University of Derby : If you want to find out more about the project, please contact

In the latter stages of the project we are especially keen to hear from colleges whose enrichment offer broadens the experience of learners on technical and vocational programmes.

Please find the link to articles, blogs and resources which have been created as part of the research:

Enrichment in hard times – latest on AoC in partnership with NCFE study
What's the impact of enrichment in colleges?
NCFE sponsors major research on enrichment in FE, supporting student resilience in Covid-19 recovery
Researching the impact of enrichment in further education