About Us

FE Sussex is the consortium of  post-16 colleges in Sussex and Surrey represents the interests of:

  • shutterstock_739175173 general further education colleges comprising a total of 7 colleges
  • three sixth form colleges
  • one specialist land-based college

FE Sussex is a limited company with charitable status and is jointly owned by its 10 founder member colleges in Sussex.  Three colleges in Surrey join with FE Sussex colleges for appropriate activities such as staff development and are associate members.

What does FE Sussex do?

The origins of FE Sussex are centred in the quality improvement of teaching and learning.  Since it was established in 1998 the key aims of the organisation have expanded to embrace the wide agenda of FE and can be summarised as:

  • The improvement of quality
  • Facilitating and implementing the value for money agendas
  • The improvement of employer responsiveness and engagement
  • The promotion of the reputation and role of further education
  • To act as the platform for communications, training and development
  • Providing consultancy support to external organisations and colleges
  • To support colleges and their professional development needs.

How does FE Sussex do it?

FE Sussex contracts with a variety of external organisations and agencies to deliver various aspects of the further education and CPD agenda on behalf of its member college.

To achieve its aims FE Sussex undertakes a wide range of activities which include:

  • Coordinating quality improvement groups across Sussex
  • Assisting with inspection preparation and self-assessment
  • Leading on common-interest national agendas and responses to consultations
  • Organising pan-Sussex continual professional development for college staff
  • Coordinating a wide range of pan-Sussex practitioner forums for college staff including principals, governors and clerks, finance and administration staff, human resources staff, curriculum specialists, international managers, business development managers and procurement officers etc.
  • Delivery of education and training research and grant funded projects
  • Delivering consultancy,  bid writing and project management services to external organisations

How is FE Sussex funded?

All member colleges of FE Sussex pay a subscription based on the size of their college and this contributes a minimal amount towards the operating costs of FE Sussex. Other income is raised through the delivery of education related projects, commercial contracts with other organisations and the provision of various administration and professional services such as consultancy and event organisation.

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