FED Learners Council
Call out for applications

  • Are you passionate about the role of education in improving the lives of young people, communities and wider society?
  • Would you like to play a key role in developing the foundations for a long-term plan for education in England?
Learners Council

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 Foundation for Education Development (FED) Learners Council in 2022-2023.

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.

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About the FED.

What is the Foundation for Education Development (FED)?

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.

What are we trying to achieve?

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.

Why are we trying to achieve this?

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.

How have we gone about it?

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.


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What is the FED Learners Council?

The FED Learners Council is one of a series of Stakeholder Councils that will advise and respond to the work of the FED this year:
  1. We are convening key stakeholders from across sectors to advocate for long-term planning in education and with their support we are seeking to secure agreement across political parties to shift to a long-term planning cycle in education
  2. We are refining and socialising a long-term education planning framework so that it’s placed at the heart of national education planning
  3. We are partnering with one or more places in England to pilot approaches to developing a local long-term plan for education
  4. Climate Change and Sustainability is one of the seemingly intractable issues which would benefit from long-term planning. We are convening and supporting experts to create a toolkit, which will equip Trust, School and College leaders with the tools to implement comprehensive and long-term approaches to climate change education and sustainability
  5. We are working with key partners to develop long-term approaches that inform education policy and practice
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 areas of focus, such as working with a number partners and stakeholders to develop long-term approaches that inform education policy and practice. 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.
The Learners’ Council has been co-chaired by #iwill Ambassador Claire Muhlawako Madzura and FED Ambassador Mohammed Alam Begi 2021 – 2022.

The Learners Council will:

  • Contribute actively to the FED’s work
  • Workshop ideas, concepts, and solutions that will support the establishment of a long-term plan in education that benefits all learners and broader society
  • Respond critically to proposals shaped by FED working groups
  • Have the option to play an active participatory role in FED events
  • Ensure that the voices of young people and learners from across the country are represented
  • Help build the profile of the FED and develop key relationships
  • Actively support the FED and act as advocates for its work


Why join the Learners Council? 

  • Play a key role in shaping the future of Education in England
  • Meet other young people and learners from across England who are passionate about education
  • Extend and deepen your network across education and beyond


What is the time commitment? 

  • Three 90-minute online meetings per academic year (one per term). There will be some pre-reading before each meeting and some interaction with the Council between meetings
  • There will be an opportunity to attend  FED events or other relevant meetings and support the FED team to consult with wider groups of learners and young people (ad hoc – optional)
  • Initial term is one year (December 2022 to November 2023) with potential to extend for a further year

If you’re interested, please complete this short application form by Friday 15th December 2022 at 5pm.

For more information, please contact Sorcha Grant on [email protected]


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