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ERIC Number: ED502039
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 43
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
Size Matters: Economies of Scale in Schools and Colleges. Research Report
Owen, Glyn; Fletcher, Mick; Lester, Stan
Learning and Skills Development Agency (NJ1)
This report reviews the relationship in England between institutional size and the cost of Level 3 (mainly A-level) provision in three major settings: sixth form colleges (SFCs), general further education colleges (GFECs) and school sixth forms (SSFs). The study models how institutions might behave, given the funding regime and cost structures. It examines quantitative analysis of the accounts of England's GFECs and SFCs (there are no corresponding data for school sixth forms), quantitative and qualitative data from 10 case-study institutions, and a range of other sources, including early results from the Understanding costs project (Fletcher and Lester 2006) from the Learning and Skills Development Agency. A background source is the number of A2 awards made by the three examination boards in summer 2005, which offers a measure of the relative popularity of the 80 or so A2 courses available in England. The main finding of this study is that an institution needs substantial numbers of students if it is to exploit to the full the available economies of scale, and that the cost penalties associated with operation at a smaller size are large. (Contains 19 footnotes, 10 figures and 10 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Learning and Skills Council, Coventry (England).
Authoring Institution: Learning and Skills Development Agency
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)