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Independent Review of Governance Arrangements for Further Education Institutions in Wales

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This consultation document is seeking your views on whether the recommendations identified by the review are appropriate and should be accepted by the Welsh Government.
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The Minister for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning established an expert review panel to explore different models of governance for Further Education Institutions in the context of the current socio-economic environment.

The Review considered whether the current arrangements are still relevant for the challenges facing the Further Education sector and the wider economy to meet current and future employer, individual and community needs.

The Review was conducted by an independent task and finish group which was Chaired by Mr Rob Humphreys, Director for Wales at the Open University, who has considerable experience in national strategic priorities and has the relevant expertise and knowledge in the field of education.

The Review considered models of governance that are responsive to the current and future needs of citizens, learners, employers and communities and looked at:

  • progress to date and existing good practice in the further education sector;
  • comparability with governance arrangements emerging in further education policy developments in the other home countries, in Europe and globally;
  • governance arrangements in related areas such as social enterprises and co-operative organisations, and elements that can be adopted by the further education sector;
  • implications arising from Skills that Work for Wales (especially the Transformation Agenda and For our Future);
  • the Welsh Assembly Government’s priorities set out in One Wales; 
    implications arising from the 2010 review of the cost of administering the education system in Wales; and
  • the need to evaluate any recommendations against budgetary and financial considerations.

Three consultation events have taken place across Wales and the presentations can be found below.