We’re looking for up to 20 young people aged 16-25, who are either current learners or have recently left education within England, to join the FED Learners Council in 2021-2022. We’re also looking for up to two current learners aged 25 or over who are in full-time or part-time education to join the Council. The Council will focus on the English education system.
The Foundation for Education Development (FED) aims to promote the benefits, importance and understanding of a long-term vision and plan for education in England. We were founded in December 2019 and are an independent body.
The FED is dedicated to promoting a long-term vision and plan for education in England. In the spirit of partnership, we provide an independent and neutral space for policy influencers from education, business, politics and beyond to shape the future.
The English education system has never had a long-term vision and plan. Instead it has been governed for too long via the 5-year political mandate. This has created a system that is inherently unstable. The FED national consultation highlighted frustrations and constraints which hold the system back from constant improvement and development. It also highlighted throughout, and increasingly as the pandemic progressed, that there is an urgent need to consider how we can break this cycle, and how education can become a catalyst for COVID-19 recovery for our children, young people and lifelong learners and ultimately for the success of our country. Children and young people have a 15-year journey in our formal education system – from 3 to 18. It is sensible we have a 15-year cycle of planning in our education system.
We launched the FED with a 15-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. The FED National Education Consultation Report was published in 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.
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.
The FED Learners Council is one of a series of Stakeholder Councils that will advise and respond to the work of the 4 workstreams (details above). The Learners Council will be a group of young people and students, including learners later in life, representing a range of collective interests in the future of education in England. Members will contribute their specific areas of knowledge about issues that are relevant to the FED workstreams, such as what the aims of a 10 year plan for education should be and how to embed equity and inclusion into our education system. The Learners Council will provide representation for a key stakeholder group – young people and learners, ensuring their voices are a key force within the FED.
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