Other useful resources

In addition to resources provided by the college, the following external sources of information will help new governors learn more about their role and expand their knowledge of the further education sector:

Glossary of Acronyms

Membership organisations

  • Association of Colleges (AoC) – the membership organisation for further education and sixth form colleges in England. AoC is organised into regions.  Some areas of AoC's website are for members only and require a login. Speak to your clerk to gain access
  • Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA) – membership organisation for sixth form colleges (SFCs)
  • Landex – membership organisation for land-based colleges
  • 157 Group – consortium of 30 of the country's largest further education (FE) colleges, offering a UK-wide view of educational practice and policy development
  • Gazelle Group – group of colleges concerned with developing entrepreneurship


Government departments and funding agencies


  • Ofsted (Office of Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills) – her Majesty's Inspectorate, an independent body responsible for inspection reports for all schools and colleges

Further education news and comment websites

The role of governor

Excellence Gateway:

Challenges for FE College Governance, Reg Chapman, 2012