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Community Relations

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which further education colleges worked with his Department to prepare the consultation document, The Role of Further Education Providers in Promoting Community Cohesion, Fostering Shared Values and Preventing Violent Extremism; and how those colleges were selected. (190145)

We worked with a number of colleges during the preparation of the consultation document The Role of Further Education Providers in Promoting Community Cohesion, Fostering Shared Values and Preventing Violent Extremism. These were:

Barking College

Blackburn College

Bradford College

College of North East London

Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education

Luton Sixth Form College

Oaklands College

Oldham Sixth Form College.

Stockton Riverside College

Waltham Forest College

These were identified by the Association of Colleges (AOC) as colleges with experience in promoting community cohesion.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) principals and (b) chief executives of further education colleges have been sent a copy of the consultation document, The Role of Further Education Providers in Promoting Community Cohesion, Fostering Shared Values and Preventing Violent Extremism. (190180)

The consultation is primarily web-based. The consultation document is available on the DIUS website and we have also set up an e-consultation facility to enable people to respond on-line via the DCSF website.

Principals and chief executives of colleges were informed of the consultation through communications including:

Association of Colleges, Association of Learning Providers and National Council for Faiths and Beliefs in Further Education all informed their members of this consultation via their regular electronic mailings;

The monthly DIUS Further Education Newsletter that is sent to all principals and other training providers.

Further to this, we are holding a series of consultation workshops around the country to discuss the proposals.