1997 Kennedy Report (text)
Kennedy Report (1997)
Widening Participation in Further Education
Coventry: Further Education Funding Council 1997
The 1992 Further and Higher Education Act had introduced competition between further education providers and had provided for the establishment of the Further Education Funding Council (FEFC).
In June 1997, the Widening Participation Committee of the FEFC, chaired by Helena Kennedy QC (1950- ) (pictured), presented its report Learning Works: Widening Participation in Further Education to the Chair of the FEFC, Sir Robert Gunn (1926-2015).
The report acknowledged that 'the introduction of competition in publicly-funded further education has been accompanied by improved responsiveness to learners' needs', but warned that, as some providers 'competed for those students most likely to succeed', competition also 'inhibited the collaboration needed to widen participation'. Further education needed to 'expand the demand for learning as a whole' (Kennedy 1997:35).
See also the 1996 report Inclusive Learning, produced by the FEFC's Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities Committee, chaired by John Tomlinson.
The report's main recommendations
The committee proposed an 'Agenda for Change', which included:
The report online
The full text of the report (including the Annexes) is presented in a single web page.
The above notes were prepared by Derek Gillard and uploaded on 23 June 2018.