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Teaching Agency and National College to merge

17 January 2013

The Teaching Agency and the National College for School Leadership will merge to create a new single body that will take over the remit of teaching and leadership within the education sector by April. Its aim is to deliver reforms in the school workplace in those two focus areas and continue to raise school standards. The body will support the ever expanding self-improving school system and look to tackle underperformance in schools.

These two bodies have worked closely before and this integration of the two remits is likely to further the co-ordinated approach needed to improve our education system and move up the ranks in the global league tables.

Although the merger is welcomed by the sector as a pivotal step forward, it will need to be carefully managed to ensure that the rationale for the new agency is clear and that the necessary elements of the old bodies will be maintained so that the current important work is continued and not compromised under the expanded role.

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