27th July 2020
Last week, the Independent Commission on the College of the Future launched its vision for the future of colleges across the UK: a new bold and ambitious strategic remit for colleges to empower people with opportunities for lifelong learning and support, to boost productivity, and to strengthen every community’s sense of place. The Commission believes there is an urgent need to reaffirm the role that colleges play in the education and skills system and that systemic change is needed to unlock the full potential of colleges to meet the challenges we face, from the impact of COVID-19 to climate change.
The vision is launched in a video and new report People, productivity and place: a new vision for colleges, which is accompanied by a collection of short essays from leading voices from across the education and skills system who are united in the transformative role that colleges can play and are calling for greater collaboration across the education system. Authors include Geoff Barton (General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders), Lord Bob Kerslake (Former Head of the Civil Service) and Mary Curnock Cook OBE (Former Chief Executive of UCAS).
The Commission started by asking what we want and need from the future. Their conversation now moves on to how to realise this vision in each of the four nations.
South Devon College fully supports this strategic direction for the Further Education Sector, and we look forward to sharing further plans on how this vision will be realised.