FED150 – Education and Lifelong Learning


The FED exists to promote a long-term vision and plan for education in England. In the spirit of partnership, we provide a neutral space for policy influencers from education, business, politics and beyond to shape the future. Only through long term planning, can we fully empower future generations and unlock the country’s potential.

This increasingly raises issues beyond the school gates and means that the country and local communities need to think beyond the current shape of education provision to a more rounded approach encompassing ‘lifelong learning’

A recent paper from NCFE describes this well

In response to COVID-19 and the resulting economic downturn and self-imposed isolation, both the workplace and post-16 education have fundamentally changed, and we will not be going back to where we were. ….. We now need to reflect on the future and respond to the larger than normal numbers of young people who will want to continue their fulltime education… and the increased numbers of adult learners who will be unemployed and will need retraining to fit the new world of work.

COVID-19 and Post-16 Education Planning for a very different September. April 2020

The current range of FED round tables are focused on some of the issues raised, and which we need to consider in our year-long consultation on a long-term vision and plan for education. To join the debate go to www.fed.education/fedspace and register to join us on our round table discussions

A fascinating introduction to some of the issues raised for learners and providers on these issues can be seen in the recent conversation between David Gallagher CEO of NCFE and Lamide Odanye founder of LIVE. The conversation took place at the launch of the FED ‘Looking Back – Moving Forward’ event. View the conversation below:


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