the appointment of David Sherlock as chief inspector of the Adult
Learning Inspectorate (ALI).
Mr Sherlock is currently the chief inspector of the Training
bring together the inspection of adult education and work-based
training into a single new inspectorate.
Baroness Blackstone said:
'I am very pleased to welcome David Sherlock as the chief inspector
of the ALI. As chief inspector of the Training Standards Council he
has shown commitment to raising the standard of work-based training.
He possesses the energy and determination to deliver the aims and
objectives of the new inspectorate.
'It is essential that we secure as rigorous an inspection regime for
adult education as OFSTED provides for schools. David has already
worked closely with both the Further Education Funding Council and
OFSTED, and will use this experience to work with further education
colleges, employers, LEAs and other training organisations to set a
new agenda for improving the quality of post-16 education.'
Mr Sherlock said:
'It,s a great honour to be the country,s first chief inspector of
adult learning. The Learning and Skills Act signals a change of
direction. What is best for each individual learner may be a course
in a public sector college, a training programme with a private
sector employer, or basic skills and e-learning in the community.
Adult learners should be able to make reliable comparisons between
these different kinds of provision, so that they can find the best
Nick Reilly, chair of the ALI said:
'David Sherlock was selected from a very strong group of candidates
for the chief inspector's role which is testament to his skills,
experience and leadership. I have been very impressed with the work
he has done at the Training Standards Council. He has built up the
respect of employers, training providers, colleges and a wide network
of organisations with which he will work in the future.
'I am confident that with David at the helm, the ALI will add a lot
of value to the new world of post-16 learning and help to achieve the
ambitious targets that are essential to raising both the capability
and the inclusiveness of the nation.'
1. Mr Sherlock, 56, has been the chief inspector of the Training
Standards Council since it came into being in 1997. He has
considerable experience in both education and inspection. Between
1975 and 1993, he was deputy director of the National College of Art
and Design, Dublin, principal at London,s Central St Martin's College
of Art & Design, as well as development director of the Royal College
of Art, London. Mr Sherlock was also a partner in a design
consultancy, Design Ergonomics, which worked with major companies in
healthcare. Mr Sherlock has not undertaken any political activity in
the last five years.
2. The appointment ison a full-time basis. Salary£80,000 to£95,000
3. The inspections currently undertaken by the FEFC inspectorate will
be undertaken by OFSTED and the ALI, and the work currently
undertaken by the Training Standards Council will be undertaken
solely by the ALI. The ALI will also inspect learndirect provision
delivered through learndirect centres. The responsibilities of OFSTED
will be extended to the inspection of all 16 to 19 year-olds,
education in schools and colleges. Where both the ALI and the schools
inspectorate OFSTED have an interest in one college the inspection
will be conducted jointly by a single team of inspectors. They will
produce one report under a common inspection framework.
4. Nick Reilly was appointed Chair of the ALI on 4 July 2000.
5. The creation of the ALI, which will be based in Coventry, was
contained within the Learning and Skills Act which received Royal
Assent on 28 July 2000.