• The move towards professionalising governance

    More and more colleges are appointing directors of governance and are even paying their governors, as they look to professionalise these roles in the shadow of mergers and the insolvency regime. FE Week has taken closer look at how and why this practice has come about. The importance of governors has never been higher, with

    11.00 Jun. 21st, 2019 | Feature, News

  • Should a college principal have multiple jobs?

    Dr Sue Pember, director of policy and external relations at Holex, answers your questions on college governance, backed by her experience as principal of Canterbury College and in senior civil service posts in education and skills. Question One: Exceptions to exceptional support I keep hearing about failing colleges that merged in the area reviews and

    5.00 Apr. 24th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Should college principals be involved in governance?

    Dr Sue Pember, director of policy and external relations at Holex, answers your questions on college governance, backed by her experience as principal of Canterbury College and in senior civil service posts in education and skills Question One: Supporting the chair My principal seems to think he should not be involved in the running of

    5.00 Mar. 13th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Will college governors have to justify high executive salaries?

    Dr Sue Pember, director of policy and external relations at Holex, answers your questions on college governance, backed by her experience as principal of Canterbury College and in senior civil service posts in education and skills Question One: Executive pay Academy governors and trustees have received a letter from the DfE asking them to justify

    5.00 Dec. 19th, 2017 | Opinion

  • How can college governors impact government policy?

    Dr Sue, director of policy and external relations at Holex, answers your questions on college governance, backed by her experience as principal of Canterbury College and in senior civil service posts in education and skills. Question One: Devolution What can governors do to reassure staff about their jobs as we move to funding devolution? Answer: Although

    10.00 Nov. 23rd, 2017 | Opinion

  • Is it wrong to make GCSE grade 4 our college entry requirement?

    Dr Sue, director of policy and external relations at Holex, answers your questions on college governance, backed by her experience as principal of Canterbury College and in senior civil service posts in education and skills. Question One: GCSE grade 5 You have previously urged colleges to set the new GCSE grade 5 as their entry

    5.00 Oct. 16th, 2017 | Opinion

  • More women on boards will increase college success

    There are some barriers preventing women from joining college boards, but the evidence shows their involvement boosts success rates. So how do we get them involved? Pauline Odulinski has the answer The Women’s Leadership Network has been actively involved in supporting and developing talented women in further education leadership and management since the 1980s. Since

    12.30 Sep. 27th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Are governors responsible for sub-contractors?

    Dr Sue, director of policy and external relations at Holex, answers your questions, backed by her experience as principal of Canterbury College and in senior civil service posts in education and skills. Question One: Where have all the adults gone? David Lammy’s passionate speech on the return of night schools prompted me to ask whether

    5.00 Mar. 13th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Are college governors personally liable if something goes wrong?

    Dr Sue answers your questions on all aspects of governance, from taking time off to liability.   Question One: Time off work As a school governor I was given time off work. Does the same apply to college governors? Answer: Governors frequently ask about their entitlement to time off work to carry out their functions.

    5.00 Jan. 10th, 2017 | Opinion