Department Of Education


NWAA Member Views Required For Lancashire Post 16 Area Review

LancashirePost 16 Area Review

To all NWAA Members,

I am writing to invite you to submit your views in regard to the area review currently being undertaken in Lancashire. In March the Government published refreshed guidance on the national programme of area-based reviews of post-16 education and training institutions. The reviews will help create more financially stable and efficient providers and improve collaboration across the different types of institution[1].

Area Reviews are designed to deliver:

  • Institutions which are financially viable, sustainable, resilient and efficient, and deliver maximum value for public investment
  • An offer that meets each area’s educational and economic needs
  • Providers with strong reputations and greater specialisation
  • Sufficient access to high quality and relevant education and training for all
  • Provision which reflects changes in government funding priorities and future demand.

The area review for Lancashire was launched in September and will result in recommended options by March 2017. A local steering group has been established to oversee and steer the review’s work, including analysis and consideration of options for change.

The Steering Group is composed of the following colleges:

  • Accrington and Rossendale College
  • Blackburn College
  • Burnley College
  • Nelson and Colne College
  • St Mary’s College (SFC)
  • Blackpool and the Fylde College
  • Cardinal Newman College (Catholic SFC)
  • Lancaster and Morecambe College
  • Myerscough College
  • Preston College
  • Runshaw College
  • The Blackpool Sixth Form College
  • Thomas Whitham Sixth Form (16 to 19 school)
  • West Lancashire College

In addition the Steering Group has representatives from the local authorities and the LEP.  The Further Education Commissioner, Sixth Form Colleges Commissioner, and the funding agencies are also represented on the steering group, and the Regional Schools Commissioner will work jointly with the local authority representatives to ensure that the schools perspective is reflected in the discussions. 

This is an important opportunity to shape FE provision for learners and employers in Lancashire and to ensure clear, high quality professional and technical routes to employment, alongside robust academic routes, and better responsiveness to local employer needs delivered by strong, high status, and where relevant specialist, institutions.

Whilst the focus of area reviews is on college based provision, the challenges facing the post-16 sector apply across the board and we would welcome employers to engage proactively with the review. We are particularly interested in how young people progress through the system from one provider to another, the effectiveness of those progression routes, and how they align with local economic need.

I would therefore welcome your views, particularly in relation to the questions set out in Annex A of this letter, but also any other issues or points you would like to raise.

Please send your views to the area review mailbox by Friday 18th of November.  We’re happy to receive your comments either by letter or email or using the form provided to the right handside of this post.  Please use the title “Lancashire Area Review Employer Views” for your email. 

Yours sincerely


John Barber

Joint Area Review Delivery Unit

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