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Government appoints Frank McLoughlin CBE as Chair of Commission on Adult Vocational Learning

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As announced by the Government in New Challenges, New Chances last December, the Commission will have the aim of improving adult vocational …

As announced by the Government in New Challenges, New Chances last December, the Commission will have the aim of improving adult vocational education; setting out recommendations to ensure that adult learners can receive the highest possible standards of teaching and training, and the best learning experience. It will bring together industry, teacher training colleges, professional associations and leaders and practitioners from the Further Education sector.

Mr McLoughlin has been Principal of City and Islington College since July 2002. He brings over thirty years of experience to the Commission, having joined the further education sector as a part-time lecturer in 1980.

Mr Hayes said:

“It is great news that Frank McLoughlin has agreed to chair this Commission.

“His wealth of experience in delivering further education and skills in a challenging inner-city environment gives him the right credentials to lead work which will shape the future of teaching and learning for adults in England.”

Mr McLoughlin said:

“I am absolutely delighted that the Minister has asked me to Chair this extremely important Commission.

“It presents a once in a generation opportunity to raise the status of adult vocational teaching and learning and promote its nature and heritage in its own terms, sitting firmly alongside the academic model.”

The final findings and recommendations of the Commission are due to be published in Spring 2013. The Commission is supported by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service, the Institute for Learning and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Notes to editors:


  1. The Commission on adult education and vocational pedagogy was announced in _New Challenges, New Chances’_in December 2011 http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/further-education-skills/docs/f/11-1380-further-education-skills-system-reform-plan. It will launch in the Spring of 2012. Arrangements for appointment of commissioners will be available shortly.

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