The Unintended Consequences of Funding Policies on Student Achievement at Colleges of Further Education in Wales and England
The processes of policy making and implementation are not linear or unproblematic but, on the contrary, are based on complex social interactions, often giving rise to unforeseen outcomes. Thus, matters such as colleges’ organization and curriculum are open to negotiation and renegotiation over time. Within these processes, control over funding is regarded as a key lever for ensuring policy change, but the consequences, especially in social terms, are rarely thought through in advance. This chapter draws attention to this fact, depicting how changes to the governance of the Further Education (FE college) sector in England and Wales are underpinned by a “marketized” approach, in which colleges have to compete with each other to attract students. Their funding largely depends upon enrolment.
KeywordsUnintended Consequence Focus Group Interview Funding Policy Emotional Labour Weekend Shift
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