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Department for Education and Skills Extends Contract with the Centre for Excellence in Leade

The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) has confirmed that it will extend its contract with the Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL) for a further two years into early 2008.

The CEL, which was launched in October 2003, is a national agency that falls within the government’s “Success for All” strategy and seeks to foster world-class leadership within the Learning and Skills sector.

The CEL’s Remit

Since its inception, the CEL has engaged with over 80 % of further education colleges and has made progress in working with sixth form colleges, adult and community learning providers and work-based learning providers. More than 450 organisations and nearly 6,000 individuals have participated in a CEL programme or event, and CEL has worked with around 150 providers at an organisational level, in many cases on long-term change programmes.

The CEL’s remit is to foster and support leadership improvement, reform, transformation, sustainability and quality improvement in the FE sector. It serves the existing and future leaders of all providers within the sector, including FE colleges, training and work-based learning providers, adult and community providers, specialist colleges, voluntary organisations and higher education.

CEL Chief Executive “Delighted”

CEL chief executive Lynne Sedgmore said: “We are naturally delighted with the decision to extend our contract and funding, and believe that this reflects the value of our contribution to leadership development in further education. We have received extremely strong support from providers across the sector and I would like to thank those leaders and managers for their encouragement and commitment.

“Sir Andrew Foster’s report about the future role of FE colleges, just published, highlights the need for investment in the next generation of leaders, and we are committed to supporting the learning and skills sector in meeting this challenge and working with providers to bring about a stronger focus on the views of learners and the needs of business and the economy.”

Michael Lloyd

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