1997 Kennedy Report (text)
Kennedy Report (1997)
Widening Participation in Further Education
Coventry: Further Education Funding Council 1997
Notes on the text
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- ), 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).
The report online
The full text of the report (including the Annexes) is presented in a single web page.
The report's main recommendations
The committee proposed an 'Agenda for Change', which included:
Learning Works and the above notes were prepared for the web by Derek Gillard. The report was uploaded on 28 January 2018; the notes on 23 June 2018.