FE workforce data: call for evidence

Closed 20 Jul 2018

Opened 7 Jun 2018


The purpose of this Call for Evidence is to gather the views of the further education (FE) sector and its key stakeholders. The Call asks for views on what workforce data is currently collected, what might be needed, and how the sector thinks this could be achieved. The Department for Education (DfE) will use the evidence to inform how workforce data will be collected in the future developments. If subsequent changes are proposed, the call will ensure any changes build on and learn from current good practice.

High quality, accurate and comprehensive workforce data will help DfE and the sector to achieve:

  • A strong and resilient sector comprised of a range of providers delivering high quality learning opportunities for all their learners and employers.
  • Outstanding leadership and high quality teaching everywhere. This is an essential part of ensuring everyone in our society has the opportunity to succeed and to improve the productivity of the country.

We are particularly interested in the views of organisations and individuals that provide, collect or use FE workforce data. These could be, for example, FE learning providers, representative bodies, academic institutions or teaching and support staff.

We are seeking views on all data on the FE workforce.

The Staff Individualised Record is one well-known and regarded data source. We are also interested in other sources, for example:

DfE has commissioned CFE Research to manage the Call for Evidence on its behalf. Further information about the Call for Evidence can be found in the link at the bottom of this page. If you have any queries about the Call for Evidence please contact the CFE Research team at FECall@cfe.org.uk or email the DfE team at Feworkforce.data@education.gov.uk.


  • Training providers
  • Local authorities
  • Adult education providers
  • Further education colleges
  • Sixth form colleges
  • Independent specialist colleges
  • Designated institutions and 16-19 academies


  • Planning