Board review service

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and Institute of Directors (IoD) are working in partnership to deliver a brand new board review service designed to help provider organisations meet the requirement to undertake regular external board reviews, a reform set out in the Government’s 2021 Skills White Paper and included in the 2021-22 ESFA funding agreement.

The ETF/IoD service will:

  • offer an unmatched mix of further education and commercial governance expertise in delivering board reviews
  • be based on a robust methodology that has been developed in consultation with the sector and ETF’s experience of delivering FE board reviews on behalf of the DfE, as well as IoD’s vast commercial experience of delivering board reviews
  • offer an unrivalled value proposition that can flexibly meet the needs of the diverse range of colleges in the FE sector and provide follow-up support to enhance board improvement based on the outcomes of the review.

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Our board review experience

This new service builds on pilots conducted in 2020–21, when reviews were provided to 28 FE colleges, sixth form colleges and other FE institutions. Surveys assessing those pilots found that they had an immediate impact on college board attributes that are essential for effective governance, with college governors, principals, reviewers and FE Commissioners reporting that they had strengthened governor recruitment and development and board performance and strategic oversight. Eighty-four per cent of those who underwent reviews in the pilot agreed that it had improved their board’s ability to assess its contribution to effective governance.

“Governance is a driving force for the strong performance of FE and Training provider institutions, so supporting boards to ensure they are operating effectively is vital. Regular independent reviews help boards reflect on their capabilities, developing performance and keeping them aligned with the evolving needs of the institutions and learners that they support.”

Kurt Hall, National Head of Governance Development