Are our Further Education Colleges still an anchor in our society?

Lynn Senior, Neil Barnes

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In this paper the authors’ review the impact of Further Education colleges, in particular, mixed economy colleges on the surrounding environment and community and attempt to answer the question as to whether the mixed economy college can still be considered an anchor in the community. A case study approach was used to evaluate a range of issues that impact on the local community, considering the future and expansion of 16-19 education, against the backdrop of decreases in college provision in the East of England. In conclusion, the authors argue that FE/MEG colleges can add significant value to the surrounding environment, community and wider society and that they are still an anchor in the environment and local communities in which they are situated. They further posit that the goal is for all involved in the FE/MEG community to contribute to the shared aim of widening access to life-long learning thus further improving the communities and environment the students and staff reside and work.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLondon Review of Education
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 14 Dec 2022

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