Shelagh Legrave on Further Education

“The scar on this generation’s post 16 students will last for some time to come”.

In this episode our focus is the future of Further Education.

Richard’s special guest was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2021, and she will also be taking up the post of FE Commissioner this autumn – the government’s most senior advisor on Further Education standards, leading a team of 18 experts to boost leadership and governance across England’s post-16 technical education system.

Shelagh Legrave is currently the CEO of the Chichester College Group – one of the UK’s most successful education partnerships, consisting of two large FE colleges, an agricultural college and two sixth form colleges as well as a programme of education for residents of the Falkland Islands. Under Shelagh’s leadership, the institution has been ranked Ofsted’s highest grade of ‘Outstanding’ since 2014.

We caught up with Shelagh at the end of April, and we talked about leadership and reform, the new FE white paper and the role of technical education and college groups in the post covid-19 landscape.

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