Useful Links

The 157 Group

A group of larger colleges who have achieved at least a grade 2 on their last Ofsted inspection on leadership and management.

157 Group
5th Floor, St Andrew’s House
18-20 St Andrew Street
London, EC4A 3AY


The Association of Colleges (AoC)

Aims to promote the interests of further education colleges in England and Wales. It provides a broad range of services to its subscribers and represents their interests locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

2-5 Stedham Place
London, WC1A 1HU
020 7034 9900


Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

Represents independent learning providers who engage in government funded skills training and employability programmes throughout England. It influences the education and training agenda in order to: influence and secure a national skills strategy; secure the 14-19 learning curriculum opportunities for learning throughout life and demonstrate a government-supported learning market open to all providers offering high quality learning.

Colenso House
46 Bath Hill, Keynsham
Bristol, BS31 1HG
0117 986 5389


Association of Managers in Education (AMiE)

The trade union and professional association for leaders and managers in colleges and schools. AMiE is a partnership between the Association for College Management (ACM) and Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL). AMiE is a student focused, values led organisation whose primary aim is to offer excellent trade union and professional support to its members.

35 The Point
Market Harborough
Leicestershire, LE16 7QU
01858 461 110


Association of National Specialist Colleges (Natspec)

A membership association for independent specialist colleges that provide further education or skills training for learners with complex learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Natspec supports its members through regular briefings, lobbying on strategic and policy issues, offering training events and promoting partnership working with a wide range of organisations and agencies.

Derwen College
Oswestry, Shropshire
SY11 3JA
0117 923 2830


The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL)

The professional organisation and trade union for teachers, lecturers and other education professionals in further education and schools across the UK. It promotes and protects the interests of its members and champions good practice across the sectors via social partnership. It has the unique position of serving members in all sectors and levels of staff.

ATL (London Office)
7 Northumberland Street
London, WC2N 5RD
020 7930 6441


The Department for Education (DfE)

The Department for Education was formed on 12 May 2010 and is responsible for education and children's services. Among their objectives are: giving greater autonomy to schools, improving parental choice, offering more support for the poorest, whole system improvement, great quality provision for children.

Department for Education - London
Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street


Institute for Learning (IfL)

Distinctive as the independent professional body for teachers, trainers, tutors and student teachers in the learning and skills sector. IfL’s three stategic priorities are: providing valuable benefits to members; raising the status of practitioners; and facilitating the contribution of practitioners to policy issues. IfL’s focus is on individual practitioners and their professionalism and status.

Institute for Learning
49-51 East Road
London, N1 6AH
0844 815 3202


Skills Funding Agency 

A partner organisation of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) their jobs are to fund and regulate adult and further education and skills training in England. Our mission is to ensure that people and businesses can access the skills training they need to succeed in playing their part in society and in growing England’s economy. 

Skills Funding Agency
Cheylesmore House
Quinton Road
Coventry, CV1 2WT
0845 377 5000


The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS)

The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) was formed to accelerate quality improvement, increase participation and raise standards and achievement in the learning and skills sector in England.

LSIS Coventry
Friars House
Manor House Drive
Coventry, CV1 2TE
0870 211 3434


The Local Education Authority Forum for the Education of Adults (LEAFEA)

The national network of local authority adult learning officers and represents the local authority voice in national forums. It plays a key role in identifying the workforce issues of local authority adult learning provision.

c/o Municipal Buildings
Church Road
Stockton, TS18 1XE
01642 526422


National Network of Local Adult Learning providers (HOLEX)

Facilitates network and information sharing between member organisations; to offer briefings and information updates to members; and to represent the views of members to national and regional bodies involved in overseeing learning and skills provision in England.

HOLEX (National Office)
PO Box 145
Broadway, WR12 7ZQ
0138 644 3550


The Network for Black Professionals (NBP)

Addresses the under-representation of Black Staff in the further education sector, particularly the small numbers of managers, senior staff and principals.

Wolverhampton Science Park
Wolverhampton, WV10 9RU
01902 715309


The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE)

A non-governmental organisation aiming to increase the number of adults in formal and informal learning and to improve opportunities and widen access to learning for those communities underrepresented in current provision.

Renaissance House
20 Princess Road West
Leicester, LE1 6TP
0116 204 4200


The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)

The government department responsible for reviewing and monitoring the standards of education and training.

Aviation House

125 Kingsway
London, WC2B 6SE
0300 123 1231


Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA)

QCDA is now in the stages of final closure up to the end of March 2012. All school and local authority facing work has now ceased or transferred to the Department for Education.

QCDA no longer provides a general enquiry function. Please contact the Department of Education.


The Sixth Form Colleges’ Forum (SFCF)

Lobbies on behalf of sixth form colleges’ interests and provides them with advice and information. All sixth form colleges are members of this organisation.

Local Government House
Smith Square
London, SW1P 3HZ
020 7187 7349


The Training and Development Agency for Schools (Changing to The Teaching Agency in April 2012) 

Established to raise standards in schools by attracting able and committed people to teaching and improving the effectiveness of the school workforce.

Buckingham Palace Road
London, SW1W 9SZ
0845 6000 991


UNISON Public Service Union

The largest public service trade union representing support staff working in further education and sixth form colleges throughout the UK.

1 Mabledon Place
London, WC1H 9AJ
0845 355 0845


The Universities’ Council for Education of Teachers (UCET)

Acts as a national forum for the discussion of matters relating to the education of teachers and professional educators, and to the study of education in the university sector and contributes to the formulation of policy in these fields. Its members are UK universities involved in teacher education, and a number of colleges of higher education in the university sector.

Whittington House
19-30 Alfred Place
London, WC1E 7EA
020 7580 8000


The University and College Union (UCU)

The largest trade union and professional association for academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers, and academic-related staff working in further and higher education throughout the UK.

Carlow Street
London, NW1 7LH
020 7756 2500



Edexcel, a Pearson company, is the UK's largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications and testing to schools, colleges, employers and other places of learning in the UK and internationally.

190 High Holborn
London WC1V 7BH
0844 844 0655


The Association of Managers in Education

AmiE is the trade union and professional association for leaders and managers in colleges and schools.

35 The Point
Market Harborough
LE16 7QU
01858 464171


City & Guilds

The biggest name in UK vocational education, with 2 million learners working towards one of our qualifications every year.

City & Guilds Head Office
1 Giltspur Street
020 7294 2800


University of Huddersfield

In 2007, the University of Huddersfield attracted 45 partners to join it in a successful bid to become one of only 11 Centres for Excellence in Teacher Training for the Lifelong Learning Sector (LLS) that have been awarded across England by the DfES (as it was then).  The LLS incorporates further education colleges, work-based learning providers and adult and community learning.

SEPD LS2/09 Lockside
University of Huddersfield
Huddersfield UK
01484 478247