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Learning and Skills Improvement Service

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LSIS funding to cease

Published: 
10 December 2012

LSIS has today (Monday 10 December) confirmed that it has no alternative but to begin a managed exit from its delivery of improvement services for the further education and skills sector.

This decision is in light of the announcement that funding of LSIS by BIS will cease by 1 August 2013.

LSIS will cease delivering courses, training conferences and other support, including the provision of grants direct to providers, on a phased basis between March and August 2013.

Details of when programmes and services will end are now being discussed with BIS and with partners. Decisions on specific end dates will be released in the New Year.

Chief Executive, Rob Wye, said: "It is our aim to provide the planned high quality support and services we have already committed to at least until the end of this financial year, and in some cases through to the end of the academic year. It is vital that those who are committed to improvement activities over this period are not impeded in achieving their goals.

"For a significant proportion of the improvement services that LSIS has delivered so successfully for the sector over the last four years, it is expected that these will end completely by August 2013. We will also be exploring alternative destinations for our programmes and activities, so that the sector may continue to have expertly trained leaders and governors, continued support for teaching and learning, and assistance with its own improvement."

Chair of LSIS, Dame Ruth Silver, said: "LSIS has accelerated the drive for excellence. Providers who have benefited from our support have demonstrated that improvement is possible. We know that those colleges and providers supported by LSIS improved by at least one grade in their next inspection. Consequently, the sector has leaders who are better equipped to face the challenges ahead and governors who are clearer about the role they must now play. Practitioners tell us that having been supported by us they now are able to provide a more tailored and effective approach to teaching which better meets learners needs.

"The recent Ofsted Chief Inspector’s report made it clear that more is now expected of providers across the sector. I am confident that because of the work of LSIS they are now better able to respond to these expectations. It is my aspiration that other organisations will now work with us to secure the future of services that the sector will continue to need."

ENDS

For further information please contact Nicola Jones, PR Manager, LSIS, on 024 76627964 or 07795 028023.

Notes to Editors

The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) is the sector-led body formed to accelerate quality improvement, increase participation and raise standards and achievement in the Further Education (FE) and Skills sector in England.

LSIS is dedicated to working in partnership with all parts of the FE and Skills sector in order to build on the sector’s own capacity to design, commission and deliver improvement and strategic change as well as sustain self improvement.

LSIS is responsible for developing and providing resources that help colleges and providers implement initiatives and improve quality. This is achieved by commissioning products and services, identifying and sharing good practice throughout the system, and providing tailored programmes of support.

 

Last updated: 14 January 2013