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Welcome to the QIA

On 1 October 2008, QIA and the Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL) transferred their operation to the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS). LSIS is the new improvement body dedicated to the development of the FE and skills sector. It will continue to provide CEL and QIA programmes and honour existing contracts until the end of July 2009. Information about all QIA programmes and activities now being run by LSIS as well as previous documentation about its activities, is available on this site. For the latest LSIS information please click here.

Background to QIA
The Quality Improvement Agency (QIA) was set up to spark fresh enthusiasm for innovation and excellence in the Further Education and skills sector. It led the challenge to those involved in teaching, learning and training to lift their performance and implement the government's reforms for learning and skills which LSIS is continuing until at least July 2008.

Learn about QIA's improvement programmes and services, discuss hot topics in the Excellence Gateway or contact us to find out more.

Latest news:

LSIS honours the cream of the FE sector at STAR Awards 2008

The fifth annual Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) STAR Awards were held in London on Monday 24 November 2008. A chef, a college principal and an offender learning head were among those honoured. The awards recognise the dedication and expertise of the people who, on a daily basis, make a significant contribution to improving the skill levels of young people and adult learners. Read more


Talented performers add a touch of sparkle to the 2008 LSIS STAR Awards


Performers and artists from FE institutions across England have been selected as part of a national competition to perform at the LSIS STAR Awards on 24 November 2008. Read more here



Working with employers: sign up now to improve your employer responsiveness, or help us to lead the way by sharing the secrets of your success

The new LSIS programme 'World Class Skills developing responsive provision' supports providers to work successfully with employers. Provider staff can access fully subsidised seminars and workshops in a range of subjects, from funding and finance to the Training Quality Standard. To book an event, please click here .
The World Class Skills website also offers a range of materials in relation to employer responsiveness, which will increase in number as the programme continues.


Further education minister unveils improved accessibility tools for FE sector

The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) has launched an online toolkit which provides practical guidelines for teachers and trainers to make learning materials even more accessible and is available on Excellence Gateway. Read more..


Launch of Quality Champions Accreditation programme

The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) is pleased to announce the launch of its latest programme later this month, the Quality Champions Accreditation programme. Building on a scheme introduced by the Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI), this new programme is designed to identify, develop and accredit the leaders in quality improvement across the further education (FE) system.

For more information please visit the Quality Champions website.

Beacon of the month -new

October's Beacon of the month is.....Oldham Sixth Form College.
Read more....



Perception Survey

In the Autumn of 2007, QIA commissioned its second annual survey of providers in order to gather feedback on QIA's programmes. Click here for more information.

Technology plan welcomed

QIA welcomes the ambitions set out in Becta's FE and Skills Technology Strategy and Implementation Plan. For more information and a link to the Plan, click here

Workforce Strategy

Workforce Strategy for the Further Education Sector in England, 2007-2012. The Implementation Plan: Transforming the future FE Workforce to become a force for change is available here

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