What should the future of Further Education look like?
In Our Plan for FE report the main recommendations we had for the FE sector was to become more defined, skills and career focused and collaborative.
Since COVID-19, Further Education has been provided with the opportunity to redefine itself and there have been many initiatives since March that have pushed this forward. It is now even more acknowledged that colleges have a stronger role to play in supporting young and adult learners, as well as highlighting their essential role in the economic revival post COVID-19.
Edge will be hosting a discussion to examine how the sector can work closely together to support the future of FE every step of the way. Book your place for our online event on Tuesday 29th September.
6th International Conference on Employer Engagement: Preparing Young People for the Future - 2021
On 1st and 2nd July 2021 the Edge Foundation and Education & Employers will bring together leading researchers, practitioners and policy makers from around the world to present recent research and discuss employer engagement in general education, technical and vocational education and training, and the extent to which such interventions adequately prepare young people for the rapidly changing world of work.
The call for papers is open and we welcome papers from a range of organisations including schools, colleges, universities, public, private and voluntary bodies. To find out more information or to submit an abstract or a symposium proposal please click here.
Previous research events
First Principles of English Vocational Education - Third Big Debate
On 19th September 2019, the Edge Foundation hosted its third debate regarding the underlying principles and philosophy of English vocational education, so as to move towards a more agreed and focused vision. The event was chaired by Chris Winch, Professor of Educational Philosophy and Policy at Kings College London. To find out more please contact Olly Newton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
First Principles of English Vocational Education - Second Big Debate
The Edge Foundation, in partnership with Kings College London, the Institute of Education and the National Baccalaureate Trust, led work to debate the key principles that underpin English vocational education. In November 2018 we held our second ‘Big Debate’ to provide an opportunity to gather a wide range of perspectives following on from the publication of our first report in this area in April. To find out more please contact Olly Newton (email@example.com).
3rd International ARPCE Conference
On 13th – 15th July 2018 Edge Foundation sponsored the international conference organised by the Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education (ARPCE) in Oxford. The conference convened researchers and practitioners in post-compulsory education from many different countries.
5th International Conference on Employer Engagement in Education and Training: 2018
On 5th and 6th July 2018 Edge Foundation and Education & Employers brought together leading researchers, practitioners and policy makers from around the world to present recent research and discuss employer engagement in education, policy development and delivery. The discussions provide a platform to inform governments with innovative policy and leadership in the field.
We received an overwhelming number of high-quality papers from around the world. Over the two days in a packed programme researchers presented a wide range of topics under the main theme of the conference, you can watch short videos of some of the guest speakers following this link.
First Principles of English Vocational Education - The Big Debate
On 28th March 2018, Edge Foundation held its first real debate regarding the underlying principles and philosophy of English vocational education, so as to move towards a more agreed and focused vision. The event was chaired by Chris Winch, Professor of Educational Philosophy and Policy at Kings College London. Prior to the event an initial consultation brought together excellent responses from academics, practitioners and policy makers that Edge published in early 2018. You can see highlights from this discussion here.
4th International Conference on Employer Engagement in Education and Training: 2016
The 2016 conference was supported by the Department for Education (England), the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and Barclays LifeSkills. It presented new research on employer engagement in education and technical pathways, and explored implications for policy and practice.