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Mainstreaming and embedding equality

Information on previous SFA equality and diversity fund projects

FE data sources (England)

Skills Funding Agency FE data library >

The FE data library offers data and information on learners, learning programmes and learner achievement. The Skills Funding Agency incorporated the individualised learning record dataset from the Information Authority website when it closed in spring 2014.

The library includes:

  • FE and skills: Statistical data set with information on learners, learning programmes and learner achievement.
  • Apprenticeships: Statistical data set with information on apprenticeships through a number of reports broken down by starts, achievements,sector, framework, geography, gender, age etc.
  • Workplace learning: Statistical data set that covers a broad range of workplace training, from basic skills to level 2, level 3 and other higher level skills such as leadership and management. (Does not include apprenticeships).
  • Other statistics and research: includes data on traineeships.
  • Equality and diversity: Participation and success rates of apprentices and adult learners by ethnicity, gender, disability and age.

Other useful SFA and government resources include:

Ofsted >
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills >
Department for Education >

FE data sources (UK-wide)

Association of Colleges > >
Education and Training Foundation >

Excellence Gateway: Provides a searchable database of case studies and other sources of sector-based evidence.

Learning Plus UK >

Learning Plus UK is a non-profit organisation providing support to the education sector. Their website includes information about planned data releases relevant to the post-16 sector.

UK national statistics publication hub >

Equality in the FE sector

Guidance and research on equality in the FE sector >

Data collection

Tools to help with FE data collection >
  • Effective equality surveys: This practical guidance outlines a step-by-step process of designing and using surveys to gather qualitative and quantitative data. Although tailored to the higher education sector, it has broader applicability to FE.
  • Equality in Scotland’s colleges: statistical report 2014: Statistical report that focuses on colleges in Scotland. It may be of use to colleges in England as a guide for analysing and presenting FE equality data.
  • Measuring progress on equality: qualitative evidence: This guidance sets out five steps to gathering, analysing and using qualitative evidence to measure progress on equality and determine the impact of specific initiatives. Again, although designed for the higher education sector, it has broader applicability to FE.