ERIC Number: ED392955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Voucher Schemes on the FE Curriculum.
The impact of voucher schools on the further education (FE) curriculum in Britain was examined in a study of the 22 FE colleges and 3 training and enterprise councils (TECs) involved in the initial pilot testing of the 5 voucher schemes: Youth Credits; Gateway to Learning; Skill Choice; Open Learning Credits; and Adult Training Credits. It was found that, although individual voucher schemes may account for very small amounts of an institution's total provision, the proportion of students in an institution funded through credits can rise to 10 percent if the college is involved in three or four credit schemes. A few FE colleges reorganized some departments and expanded to accommodate voucher schemes. Involvement with voucher schemes was also associated with other changes, including the recruitment of additional administrative and part-time academic staff; policy changes; strengthened links with TECs; and changes in curricula/delivery systems (expanded provision, formalization of the action planning process, development of National Vocational Qualifications [NVQs], and introduction of new modes of delivery). Voucher schemes were also credited with enabling some students to progress to higher NVQs or employment. Lists of recommendations for government bodies, TECs, and colleges are included. (The appendixes contain acknowledgements and descriptions of the five voucher schemes.) (MN)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Economic Impact, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Educational Vouchers, Enrollment, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, Technical Institutes, Vocational Education
Further Education Development Agency, Citadel Place, Tinworth Street, London SE11 5EH, England, United Kingdom (3.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers: Impact Studies; National Vocational Qualifications (England); United Kingdom