The ESFA have been able to extend the ETF board review service to July. This means that there is still time for colleges to receive a free board review, where they meet the criteria for a referral.
As highlighted in the FE and Skills White Paper, three yearly external board reviews will shortly become a requirement for FE college corporations, so now is a good time to consider it. The Further Education Commissioner teams, and ESFA’s Territorial teams will actively assess whether reviews would be helpful for colleges with whom they are in touch, and make a referral where appropriate, but colleges may also make their own case for a referral.
If you would like to seek a referral for your college, please email the policy team at GovernancePilots.FECOLLEGES@education.gov.uk to explain the factors that should be taken into account as requests are prioritised. These factors might include: a recent self-assessment which indicates the need for a thorough review, a recent change in leadership, a period of structural change, or other new challenges which require the college to take stock.