First, there is a very strong consensus among key agencies including LLUK and LSC that quality improvement is the responsibility of teachers, trainers, tutors, managers and organisations.
What agencies can and must do is to understand their needs, support their efforts and operate jointly to make good practice the norm in the sector.
Second, what will need to be clear to all those working in the sector is that the relevant national agencies are working together coherently in support of the sector's efforts to improve services for students and trainees. The two items last week should be seen very clearly as early examples of this "joined-up thinking".
There is still work to be done on both these fronts and as the new Quality Improvement Agency takes shape it will work to strengthen this co-operative support for a self-improving sector.
Chief Executive, Learning and Skills Development Agency
Argyll Street, London W1.