Reforms to Further Education Funding and Accountability

Closed 7 Oct 2021

Opened 15 Jul 2021


We're seeking views on proposals for reforming the FE funding and accountability systems.

Why your views matter

The Skills for Jobs White Paper sets out our vision to transform further education. We want people to get the advanced technical and higher technical skills they need to get good jobs. Colleges’ place at the centre of their local communities and economies means that they are key to unlocking opportunities and to building back better.

This consultation delivers key commitments of the White Paper – it addresses the underlying system of complex funding for adult skills and limited focus on outcomes, through proposals to reform adult skills funding and the wider accountability regime for colleges and other grant funded providers.

What happens next

The responses from this consultation will be considered carefully and help shape the reforms the government will make to adult skills funding and the accountability system for further education in England. 


  • Training providers
  • Local authorities
  • Adult education providers
  • Further education colleges
  • Sixth form colleges
  • Independent specialist colleges
  • Designated institutions and 16-19 academies
  • Employers
  • Community representatives
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Government bodies and departments


  • Post-16 funding
  • Accountability