Schools capital delivery body Partnerships for Schools will be abolished in April 2012, education secretary Michael Gove has announced.
PfS, which oversaw the delivery of the £55 billion Building Schools for the Future programme until the scheme was scrapped by Mr Gove last summer, will itself be replaced by an Education Funding Agency.
PfS chief executive Tim Byles last month announced his intention to leave the body at the end of June. Mr Gove today revealed that Young People’s Learning Agency chief executive Peter Lauener will take on the role of chief executive of the EFA.
Mr Gove told Parliament today: “I am committed to improving the transparency, accountability and efficiency of the education system, including slimming-down the number of ams length bodies. This will allow more resource to be directed to the front line, where it matters most, and enable people to see more clearly who is accountable for what and to speak more directly to the government.
“Partnerships for Schools will be wound up and its functions transferred to the Department for Education policy directorates and the new Education Funding Agency, an executive agency of the Department. My intention is that this will happen in April 2012.
“Following Sebastian James’s proposals for a new system for managing capital expenditure and the wider reform of arms length bodies, I have decided the time is right to bring together, in a single agency, the allocation and management of revenue and capital funding, including the delivery of capital programmes.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Partnerships for Schools for their excellent work over the years. In particular, I am grateful for their support and advice on academies and free schools, contributing to the success of these priority reforms for the coalition government.”
He added: “The EFA will take over responsibility from the YPLA for the funding of young people’s education and training - including the increasing number of academies.
“Peter’s leadership of the YPLA since its inception has made an invaluable contribution to the success of that organisation and I expect that he will make a similar contribution to the work of the EFA.”