Out of retirement to improve quality

13th June 2008 at 01:00
The former head of college funding in Scotland has been appointed to run a quango for improving the quality of England's college system

The former head of college funding in Scotland has been appointed to run a quango for improving the quality of England's college system.

Roger McClure will become chief executive of the new Learning and Skills Improvement Service, after the organisation's first choice, Ioan Morgan, principal of Warwickshire College, backed out of the pound;150,000 job in March.

The LSIS replaces the Quality Improvement Agency and the Centre for Excellence in Leadership. It is intended to give colleges and training providers more of a say in how colleges should be improved.

Its board has strong college representation, with seven out of the 12 members being principals, as well as Wally Brown, the Liverpool Community College principal who steps down in August. The rest of the board come from local authorities, exam boards and private companies involved in education.

The new chief executive's experience of further and higher education, will be welcomed by colleges that hope their influence over the LSIS will help them gain similar control over their affairs as universities enjoy.

Mr McClure headed the Scottish Funding Council for six years before taking early retirement. Previously, he was director of finance at the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council.

Sue Dutton, interim chief executive of the LSIS, is expected to return to her job as the Association of Colleges' deputy chief executive.

Bill Rammell, further education minister, said: "The Learning and Skills Improvement Service has a vital role to play in the continuing improvement of the whole system, by supporting strategic reform and taking leadership and improvement in the sector forward in a radically different way."

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