Sarah Golden, Lisa O'Donnell, Marian Morris, Julie Nelson
25 February 2004
The Increased Flexibilities for 14-16 year olds Programme (IFP) was introduced in 2002. This is a £80 million programme which aims to 'create enhanced vocational and work-related learning opportunities for 14-16 year olds of all abilities who can benefit most'. A total of 269 partnerships between schools and external providers were formed in the first year to achieve this aim. Each partnership has a ‘Lead Partner’, the majority of which are further education (FE) colleges and the funding to support them is channelled through the Local Learning and Skills Councils (LLSCs).
This report is mainly based on an analysis of the baseline surveys of Year 10 students, schools and colleges and training providers which were carried out by NFER in the spring term of 2003.