New initiative aims to drive improvements in colleges

A new initiative aimed at driving improvements in colleges will see six college governors and clerks appointed to help heal pain points

The skills minister, Anne Milton, has announced that six college governors and clerks have been appointed to help improve colleges across the country.

These governors will provide peer-to-peer support at further education and sixth form colleges where governance needs improving.

This programme will build on the work of the National Leaders of Further Education, as part of a collective package of support for colleges led by the Office of the FE Commissioner.

It goes hand in hand with the £15m Strategic College Improvement Fund, which will help struggling colleges to improve.

Apprenticeships and skills minister, Anne Milton, said: “Further education can change lives, giving people the skills they need, boosting their confidence and opening the door to a range of job opportunities and careers.

“We want the further education sector to be well-run, resilient, and able to meet people’s needs.

“With the introduction of new gold-standard T Levels and high-quality apprenticeships, further education has never been more critical.

“The National Leaders of Governance appointed today are exceptional leaders who will help their peers to develop at this pivotal time, strengthening the sector in the process.”

FE commissioner, Richard Atkins, added: “High quality governance is critical to the success of colleges. I’m delighted to have this new small team of talented and experienced governors and clerks who will be sharing their expertise and supporting colleges to raise the standard of governance.”

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