Download the FED National Consultation Report 2022 here:

Our Vision
and Mission

The Foundation for Education Development is dedicated to promoting 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 debate the future.

FED Consultation

Our Journey
so far…

At the start of our work we decided to create a 12-month consultation report as a vehicle to explore and understand the concepts surrounding a long-term vision and plan for education in England. Within 3 months of the FED being established the pandemic hit and the very real impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the system has made our work even more important.

We began our year of consultation in December 2019 with two meetings at St George’s House, Windsor Castle. We gathered some 60 influencers from the worlds of education and beyond who helped us create our five starting points for discussion.

Following the publication of our FED National Education Consultation Report in April 2021, we are now focusing on the four workstreams that have emerged from our consultations.


Working closely with government, business, education, and other stakeholders we created our ‘neutral space’ (FedSpace) so that major stakeholders in our system can come together to discuss how our education system can deliver for our children and young people, how we can tackle the needs of our economy, and how we can deliver on the challenges of Brexit and the impact of a world in flux.

Our series of virtual round tables have proved an excellent vehicle for gathering the views of stakeholders and interested parties. These have been taking place throughout 2020 and 2021.

The FED National
Consultation Report

5 starting points for consultation

Starting point #1

We need a cross sector, long-term vision for education that empowers future generations and unlocks the country’s potential in a post Brexit, post Covid-19 world

Starting point #2

At regional and local level we need education to be a stronger catalyst for building economically successful communities with education, business and government becoming even more fully connected.

Starting point #3

The Covid19 crisis has impacted on our economy and our society. Education has a key role to play in helping our country rebuild and respond to the need for regeneration and employment.

Starting point #4

Learning from successful national and international interventions and approaches, in a creative and agile manner, is vital for our education system to continue to improve.

Starting point #5

Our education system requires agreement on a shared pathway, built on equity and trust. We must find a way for the whole system to embrace these values and this direction fully, if we are to level up world class outcomes for all children and young people.

The FED National
Consultation Report

Our work has started so strongly. Our 12-month national education consultation report is an important step that will enable us to progress towards a long-term approach to education.

Together we have the potential to dramatically alter the future course of our children’s lives for the better, and in turn the future of our country’s social and economic fabric. We hope you can see the value in helping us to power our work – through sponsorship, partnership, or support in kind. We must maintain our momentum.

There are range of opportunities, round tables and events that you could become involved in to help shape our thinking in the crucial 24 months ahead.

If you would like to become more involved and feed into our consultation process to amplify the key issues we are discussing please contact us.

The FED National Education Summit

The Background to the
FED National Consultation
Report April 2021

The FED?

The Foundation for Education Development (FED) is a community interest company with the objectives of promoting the benefits, importance and understanding of long a long-term vision and plan for education in England. We were founded in December 2019 and are an independent body.

What are we trying to achieve?

The establishment of a long-term vision and plan for education in England. We have a three-year mandate to consult with all education stakeholders and set out a path to a long-term vision and plan for education in England.

Why are we trying to achieve it?

The English education system has never had a long-term vision and plan and been governed for too long via the 5-year political mandate.  This has created system that is inherently unstable and is letting down the country. Children and young people have a 15-year journey in our formal education system – from 3 to 18.  Therefore, it is sensible we have a 15-year cycle of planning in our education system. Reasons for why we need a long-term vison and plan for education –

  • Equity – our education system fails to many children and young people.
  • Technological Change – our education system needs to move from analogue to digital to keep pace with global developments and prepare our learners for the world of today and the future of tomorrow.
  • Productivity – England has one of the most unproductive economies in the modern world – our education system needs to consider its role in the future success of our economy and country.

How have we gone about it?

We launched the FED with a 12-month consultation as an invitation to help shape our thinking from across the spectrum of education stakeholders – the first phase of a 3-year programme – interrupted by COVID and so run over to 15 months. The FED National Education Consultation Report was published on 26th April 2021 and heralded the start of our second year of work.

You can read the FED National Education Consultation Report here and view our all-party virtual launch of the report here.

What is our second year of work?

This will see the delivery of 4 work programmes to establish a solid foundation for our education system – one that it has never had before.

  • Work Stream 1 – Establish a vision, purpose, and objectives of a 10-year Education plan for the English Education system
  • Work Stream 2 – Structures to plan and govern an education plan for the English Education System – to develop system architecture for intelligent, sustainable long-term education system policy, planning, and governance.
  • Work Stream 3 – Systems to level up education outcomes – placed based approaches to generate and sustain renewal in our education system and to connect regional and national objectives in a long-term manner.
  • Work Stream 4 – Embedding equity and inclusion in our education system – developing culture, systems, and practice to ensure that everyone can succeed.


We addressed some key issues for the report at our FED National Education Summit. This significant virtual event provided a unique and in-depth examination of our education system through a long-term lens. Those who attended were both inspired and encouraged by the themes – and supportive of the neutral space offered by the FED to help shape the future.

For those of you that missed some sessions or could not attend, you can the download the summit programme here and also watch the whole summit online by following this link.

We will welcome contributions as we continue the second year of our work through our regular round tables on FEDSpace Events.

Working together we can help shape the future for our children and young people.


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