One of the great things about being a school governor* (and there are a lot of great things) is that I get to learn about things that wouldn’t otherwise come onto my radar. One of these is the new Ofsted education inspection framework. This is important not just because it determines how the inspectors will assess ‘my’ school. But also because it has introduced me to the concept of intent, implementation and impact.
Higher education in the UK is looking for better ways to demonstrate the value that it creates for its students and for society as a whole. Advance HE (formerly the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education) has been working with a pilot group of universities to explore how integrated thinking and reporting can help. And I’ve had the honour of drawing out some of the insights that the project has yielded so far. Continue reading
The rationale for outsourcing services has long been an article of faith across the public sector. Lower costs, greater expertise, increased economies of scale. Or so says the theory, at least. And it is a rare local authority – or NHS trust, university or other publicly-funded body – that hasn’t contracted out at least some of its activities.
But what once seemed such a rock-solid argument appears now to be built on less-than-stable foundations. Continue reading
Governance. Preferably good governance. We all know it’s there. We all know that we need it. But when it comes to the crunch, it’s something that we find challenging to define. It’s like the perfect chocolate sundae. Or a sloth. Difficult to describe, but we know it when we see it. Continue reading
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is asking universities and colleges in England to present information about their income and expenditure in a way that is transparent and accessible to students and to the general public. This draws on research undertaken for HEFCE by Sockmonkey Consulting and the National Union of Students (NUS). Continue reading