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National role for College CEO

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Ian Pryce CBE, of The Bedford College Group has been appointed to a prestigious national role by the Government.


The Department for Education has refreshed its roster of National Leaders of Further Education (NLFEs) adding individuals from high-performing institutions to step up and support colleges in need of improvement.

The national leaders programme sits alongside the Further Education Commissioner’s office as part of the government’s support and intervention regime for colleges, sixth form colleges and designated institutions in England. NLFEs work with senior leaders to provide strategic mentoring and advise on the development and delivery of improvement plans.

Ian Pryce CBE The Bedford College Group

To be eligible to become an NLFE, applicants need to have clocked up at least five years as Principal or Chief Executive and have achieved at least ‘good’ judgements in overall effectiveness, leadership and management and teaching, learning and assessment at their most recent inspection.

Ian Pryce remains Principal and CEO of Bedford College, a role he has held for nearly 25 years. Under his leadership this became The Bedford College Group in 2017 and subsequently was recognised as the FE College of the Year at the TES FE awards 2020.

The roles are unpaid, but an NLFE’s college receives a £10,000 per year bursary to cover costs for travel, staff cover and professional development.

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