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The role of enrichment in further education


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”. This 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 to link economic value to enrichment. 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.

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