LSIS isn't a quango, so leave us off the bonfire

27th August 2010 at 01:00
I read with interest the recent comment by Stephen Jones (FE Focus, June 23) in his column "How about a drop of petrol on this bonfire of the quangos?"

In it, he picked apart the role of "quangos" and those that were being culled by the Government, suggesting the "bonfire" needed stoking with a few additional contenders.

Included was the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), which is not a quango but a sector-led body. He went on to suggest that LSIS should follow the fate of Becta and the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency, noting that when he tried to find out what the LSIS does he found a "pretty website which has lots of lovely pictures of peoples' hands". He added: "I often wonder what the folks at LSIS do all day and how much of it helps my students."

Ah, if only Mr Jones knew what was happening around him, he might have been better informed, not least because his college has benefited. Staff from the college have attended various LSIS conferences and forums and Mr Jones' principal is a member of the governing council.

Mr Jones might want to take a look around and see what else is happening in his college. He might then be a little less prone to criticise those that are working hard to support the sector in its drive for excellence.

Dr David Collins, Chief executive, Learning and Skills Improvement Service.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today