Skills Devolution

Over the last year, AoC has been working with the University of Oxford investigating the impact of the Government’s devolution and localism proposals on further education in a joint research project, leadership in a world of change.

About the project

Localism is an evolving concept and this project evaluates how this is being devised against a backdrop of further education funding cuts. Through an in-depth research report and a series of events the project identified approaches for college leaders to ensure localism works for colleges, students and the local and national community.

Further education is currently facing a ‘perfect storm’.  It faces reductions in funding and number of reforms and proposals from Government and other stakeholders.  This project identifies the leadership approaches and organisational strategies that can best help colleges and their stakeholders to make localism work to the benefit of all.

We worked with Ewart Keep, Director of SKOPE, Professor of Education, Training and Skills at the Department of Education at the University of Oxford on this project, which was funded by independent think tank Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL).

The final report was published, following a launch seminar in September 2016. Please see below for the final report, as well as interim reports, research papers and more information.

Reports, webinars and news releases

The long-term implications of devolution and localism for FE in England - final report, full version (PDF,698.17 KB)

The long-term implications of devolution and localism for FE in England - final report, short version (PDF,326.42 KB)

News release - launch of final report

AoC Blog - Devolution and localism: what will happen to colleges? by David Corke, Director of Education and Skills Policy, AoC

Paper 2 - Interim paper: Localism: Emerging Issues and Challenges for Leaders in the Further Education System (PDF,262.12 KB)

Paper 1: Interim report - Further Education and Localism in the Context of Wider Debates Concerning Devolution (PDF,392.15 KB)

AoC Blog - Will devolution create skills ghettos? written by David Corke, Director of Education and Skills Policy, AoC

Webinar - Localism is what YOU make it, presented by David Corke, Director of Education and Skills Policy, AoC and Professor Ewart Keep, Director, SKOPE.

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