‘The Skills and Education Funding Agencies are merging and Peter Lauener is stepping down as boss of both, the government has just confirmed…
The new, single body – to be called the Education and Skills Funding Agency – will sit within the DfE and begin to operate from April.
Current chief executive of both agencies, Mr Lauener, has announced that he intends to retire following the merger and plans to recruit a successor at the new agency are under way. He will also stand aside as shadow chief executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships, once a permanent replacement has been found.
A DfE spokesperson said: “Mr Lauener will carry on as chief executive of the Education and Skills Funding Agency until a permanent replacement has been recruited and is in place.”
Education Secretary Justine Greening said: “Creating the Education and Skills Funding Agency will mean we are able to provide a more joined-up approach to funding and regulation of schools, colleges and other providers, with improved accountability and better service.
“We will be working closely with our staff, unions, stakeholders and the education sector to finalise and deliver our plans for the new agency.”’ - FE Week