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Teaching, leadership and governance in Further Education

The “Teaching, leadership and governance in Further Education” review was published today (8 Feb), read the report in full here.

In April 2017 Professor David Greatbatch (working with Sue Tate) was appointed to conduct a rapid evidence review in order to synthesise the available evidence on teaching, leadership and governance in the FE sector.


The evidence reviewed covered the whole FE sector but with a specific focus on FE colleges.

The Further Education (FE) Sector is now undergoing significant reforms.

Apprenticeships 2020, the Report of the Independent Panel on Technical Education (usually referred to as the Sainsbury Review) and the subsequent Post-16 Skills Plan provide a framework under which the Department for Education (DfE) will reform the skills landscape.

The specific immediate challenges to which teachers and leaders in the sector must rise are those relating to the new technical education routes, the delivery of high quality apprenticeships and raising standards in English and mathematics.

For the Department’s reform programme to be successful there is a need to ensure that FE teachers, leaders and governors are of high quality and are high performing.

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