Julie Lindsay
I work in a UK sixth form college and can see that Helen and Dave's research has a lot in common with a student's sixth form experience prior to going into HE. SFCs provide the students for university, so perhaps the focus should be on how level 3 courses are delivered and students' expectations at that stage rather than leave it until students are 18+.
Helen Beetham
Hi Julie, we agree - it's something we highlighted in our report and in fact Dave is doing some focus groups with sixth form students to explore the issues further. Partnerships between SFC/FECs and universities are in our draft guidance. Where such partnerships are already strong, it may be more a question of ensuring that digital issues are considered in the dialogue. Also check out the team that is working in the FE and skills sector on a similar study.
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