Education Studies continues to grow as a popular undergraduate area of study. This core text addresses themes common to all Education Studies courses. It benefits from a large list of chapters from key contributors at key institutions. This third edition has been completely revised and updated with the addition of seven new chapters. Themes newly explored include gender, research, the power of money and status and alternatives to schooling. This fully comprehensive text is accessibly written, with learning features throughout to encourage students to approach issues critically. Fully up-to-date and covering a huge range of themes for Education Studies students.
Chapter 8: The Further Education and Skills Sector
The Further Education and Skills Sector
The Further Education and Skills sector (FES) is one of the most complex and difficult parts of the education landscape to define and explain, but it is also a sector which offers a richness, diversity and range unlike any other part of education. Just the fact that the official title of the FES has changed around every five years for the past twenty years gives some indication of its complexity and changing nature. Successive governments have exerted an ever-growing influence in the FES to the point where it has been described as the most highly-regulated and centrally-directed education system in Europe (Orr and Simmons, 2010, p.78). The FES offers a breadth of ...