Commission on the College of the Future

July 2020

The Commission on the College of the Future published its final report on its vision for the future of colleges on 22 July and includes contributions from a number of leaders from across the education and skills sector. ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton provides one of the contributions, on transition from school to college. The report is a vision for the future of colleges across the UK, including a remit for empowering people with opportunities for lifelong learning, boosting productivity, and strengthening every community’s sense of place.

The Commission set out to affirm the role that colleges play in the education and skills system, believing that systemic change is needed to unlock the potential of colleges to meet the challenges they face.

The vision is launched in a video and their report People, productivity and place: a new vision for colleges. The collection of short essays, each from leading voices from the education and skills sector, call for greater collaboration across the education system. 

The Commission began last year by asking what the sector wants and needs and their conversation now moves on to realise the vision in each of the four nations, prior to the publication of the white paper on FE reform, due out in the autumn. 

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