The Education sector is constantly evolving, beset by ongoing changes to government policy, ongoing mergers, challenging financial outlook and increased demands from its regulators, which has caused many leaders to evolve their approach and thinking to ensure the longer-term viability of their institutions.
As is widely agreed, the sector needs to evolve its operational base to meet the needs of employers and students in a sustainable fashion. The business model for successful education, skills and training providers of the future, requires a dexterity in approach that is adaptable to changing policy, whilst delivering a tailored solution that employers want to buy, and students need. Increasingly, senior leaders are struggling with the operational challenges, with the need to raise standards, adapt their offering and improve outcomes for learners, all with fewer resources.
Clarity of leadership has never been so important across education, and the need to balance the commercial tensions with the needs of students and employers from a curriculum perspective is not easy. At Dodd partners, we have supported the education sectors over several years (FE/HE/PTPs) to bring balance to their leadership teams, so understand perhaps more than most, the importance of attracting those that can make the transition into the sector and add value, whilst retaining the unique curriculum and teaching and learning skills that deliver against strategic objectives, set against employer and regional objectives.