Collaborative Good Practice between Local Authorities and the Further Education Sector

Tami McCrone, Kelly Evans, Clare Southcott

29 September 2009

This report examines nine case studies of good practice drawing out the key elements of collaboration that work to improve outcomes for young people. The benefits of close working and joint planning included:

  • improved progression, attainment and retention
  • reduction in the numbers of young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs)
  • enhanced range and quality of provision
  • improved transition support for learners

Mutual trust, respect, openness, honesty, transparency and equality of standing between partners were seen to be crucial for building confidence between local authorities and FE colleges. Other key features needed to secure a positive impact on young people in terms of engagement, progression and transition included;

  • regular formal and informal communication
  • strategic buy-in
  • a joined-up structure
  • a shared vision and
  • a commitment to raising standards for young people.

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