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Making a Success

Be the first to hear from the new dynamic sector-led organisation
A must-attend for those leading quality improvement, curriculum and leadership development in further education, the 2008 QIA and CEL summer conferences Making a success will set the scene for the new sector-led improvement organisation.
Delegates attending the first conference in Bristol (10th June) will be the first to hear the announcement on the new sector-led organisation’s official name.
Held over four dates in June, the 2008 programme will be highly interactive seeking to gain feedback on the new organisation’s proposed structure, programmes and services. The conferences will focus on sharing expertise, aiming to help colleges and providers meet the challenges ahead. Programme highlights include:
  • Kate Anderson, QIA’s acting chief executive and group director, Improvement and Strategy leading a round table discussion on developing the National Improvement Strategy.
  • Addresses by Bill Rammell MP, Minister of State, Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, Dame Ruth Silver DBE and Sir George Sweeney, chair of the self-regulation implementation group on behalf of Single Voice.
  • A choice of workshops covering topics such as developing employer responsive provision, models of good practice in teaching and learning and peer review and its contribution to the move to self-regulation.
Delegates should book early as places are limited. Registration is now open online via and There is no cost for attending the events.
Tuesday 10 June 2008 Bristol
Thursday 12 June 2008 London
Thursday 19 June 2008 Nottingham
Tuesday 24 June 2008 Newcastle

Notes to Editors
  • For further information please contact Catherine Bayles or Clair Passelle on [email protected] and 020 7260 2700.
About CEL
The Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL) was launched in October 2003 as a key national agency within the Success for All initiative. CEL’s remit is to foster and support leadership improvement, reform and transformation throughout the sector. It serves the existing and future leaders of all providers within the further education and skills system, including FE colleges, training and work-based learning providers, adult and community providers, offender learning, specialist colleges and voluntary organisations. To date, more than 1,160 different organisations and around 38,000 individual participants have engaged with CEL.
About QIA
The Quality Improvement Agency for Lifelong Learning (QIA) was set up by the government in April 2006 to accelerate quality improvement, increase participation and raise standards and achievement in the learning and skills sector. QIA’s role is to champion excellence and innovation, working across the further education sector to improve performance. As the agency leading the development of a quality improvement strategy for the sector, QIA commissions a range of services provided by other organisations.
About FE Improvement
In November 2007, the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), the Rt. Hon. John Denham MP, announced that the Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL) and the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA) would be combining their operations during 2008 to form a new sector‑owned FE improvement agency dedicated to supporting excellence and leadership development and self-regulation in the further education and skills sector.
Combining the best aspects of two different and highly successful sector bodies, the new organisation will focus on learners and on developing excellent and sustainable FE provision across the sector. Leadership development and excellence in teaching and learning will underpin and form an important part of the organisation’s strategic role in the sector.
It will be business as usual during its first year of operation, but over time the CEL and QIA programme portfolios will be reviewed in the light of changing policy for the sector and with the aim of developing a harmonised portfolio for 2009-10.

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