The Open UniversitySkip to content
 

Further education college leaders: securing the sector’s future

Dennis, Carol Azumah; Springbett, Octavia and Walker, Lizzie (2019). Further education college leaders: securing the sector’s future. Futures, 115, article no. 102478.

Full text available as:
Full text not publicly available (Accepted Manuscript)
Due to publisher licensing restrictions, this file is not available for public download until 12 November 2021
Click here to request a copy from the OU Author.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2019.102478
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar

Abstract

This article examines the ways in which actions taken by the leadership teams of further education (FE) colleges in the UK are consistent with leaders’ beliefs of the role and value of the sector, exploring the extent to which such actions might bring about desireable futures. The future of the sector has been an ongoing concern for commentators as austerity drives extensive cuts in funding that force leaders to make difficult decisions regarding students, staffing and curriculum. Drawing on interview data from a case study of 10 leadership teams, the article utilises three previously identified scenarios of potential future worlds of education to assess the implications of leadership decisions for colleges. Our analysis suggests that leaders experience a policy-driven tension between two ethics of survival: survival as a financially viable institution and survival as a representation of the core values of FE. The paper concludes that while leadership actions may contribute to the further political devaluing of the sector and its designation as a labour-market skills provider, some attempts are made to preserve its wider contribution to society, offering a basis for the creation of a more socially just future for FE.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0016-3287
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetFurther Education Trust for Leadership
Keywords: further education; leadership and management; FE policy and practice; future scenarios
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Education
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 68141
SWORD Depositor: Jisc Publications-Router
Depositing User: Jisc Publications-Router
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2019 09:11
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2019 01:29
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/68141
Share this page:

Metrics

Altmetrics from Altmetric

Citations from Dimensions

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU