Review of Post-18 Education and Funding: Call for Evidence

Closed 2 May 2018

Opened 21 Mar 2018


The independent panel supporting the Government’s Review of Post-18 Education and Funding invites interested individuals and organisations to submit evidence to inform its work.

All interested parties are encouraged to submit evidence for the panel’s consideration.  Responses are particularly welcome from education and training providers, academics,  employers, students, learners, graduates, student representative groups, professional representative groups and learned societies as well as from the public.

Those making submissions are asked not to exceed 4000 words in total (an average of 250 words per question if answering all of them)  and are strongly encouraged to provide details of the evidence and data that support their positions, to enable the panel to understand the basis on which those conclusions have been reached. The online system allows attachments to be uploaded with your response.

Please note that you are welcome to respond to as many, or as few, questions from this consultation as you wish.

Why your views matter

The review will consider how Government can ensure that the education system in England for those aged 18 years and over is:

  • accessible to all;
  • supported by a funding system that provides value for money and works for students and taxpayers;
  • incentivises choice and competition across the sector; and
  • encourages the development of the skills that we need as a country. 

The independent review panel, led by Philip Augar, will provide input to the review on the issues above. The panel will publish their report at an interim stage, before the Government concludes the overall review in early 2019.

In particular, the panel is seeking evidence from interested parties on the following topics:

  • how to support young people in making effective choices between academic, technical and vocational routes after 18;
  • how to promote a more dynamic market in education and training provision;
  • how to ensure the post-18 education system is accessible to all;
  • how best to support education outcomes that deliver the skills the UK needs; and
  • how the post-18 education system can best deliver value for money for graduates and the taxpayer.

The survey sets out some specific questions under these headings. 

The Terms of Reference for the review are available here.


  • Adult education providers
  • Further education colleges
  • Independent specialist colleges
  • Designated institutions and 16-19 academies
  • Young people
  • Parents
  • Foster carers
  • Adoptive parents
  • Employers
  • Community representatives
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Government bodies and departments
  • Universities


  • HE
  • Apprenticeships
  • Work based training
  • Community learning
  • Lifelong learning