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Oakleigh has a strong track record in working with key funding councils and agencies in the post 16 sector. Clients include DIUS (now BIS), the LSC, BECTA, LSIS, CEL (now part of LSIS), UKCES and LLUK.  In the course of our work with the FE sector we have engaged with; ministers, central government, its agencies, FE colleges, private WBL provider, ACL providers, college principals and practitioners, students and employers. This has helped us to gain a holistic understanding of the issues facing the sector and each of its key stakeholder groups.Our work in the sector is wide ranging and varied and includes:

  • A review of the ILR for the Information Authority
  • Impact Framework Development for the LLUK
  • A review of Timetabling and Resource Management (for HE and FE) for JISC
  • Design of a Corporate Project and Programme Management Framework for OfSTED
  • 14-19 Leadership Development – Programme Planning for LSIS
  • A data burden study for the LSC/Information Authority

Oakleigh has worked closely with Ofsted ...to support our work developing and introducing new arrangements for project and programme management across the organisation. This has included working closely with colleagues across Ofsted to agree the overall structure for programme and project management, developing the supporting materials and guidance, and leading a programme of training for all Ofsted’s most senior managers and those likely to manage or oversee projects in the future. They have delivered to timescales and have been customer-focussed throughout. Their support has given Ofsted a really solid foundation to take this area of work forward in the future.

Senior manager, Ofsted

Oakleigh offers expertise and support to providers and agencies, including:

  • Strategic Scoping Studies (including local and regional geographic areas)
  • Strategic Options Reviews
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Merger/New models of delivery - outline and final proposals
  • Business Planning and Business Development
  • 5 Case Business Modelling for Education
  • Organisational Reviews
  • Process evaluation
  • Marketing reviews and business intelligence
  • Education cases

We involved Oakleigh in some complex programme management and relationship management work.  We found them to be constructive and particularly good at working as members of our team. One of their key strengths is working in small groups to brainstorm issues and solutions.  This approach worked really well for us.

Programme Manager, DIUS

As an independent organisation we are able to bring skills and experience successfully applied in the HE sector including:

  • Corporate governance advice
  • Organisational development
  • Change Management support
  • ICT strategy and reviews
  • System procurement and functional specifications
  • Technical architecture to underpin efficient business processes
  • Esurveys of learners , staff or key stakeholder groups

To successfully predict and plan for the future we need to fully understand the requirements of the communities we serve. Oakleigh has a talent for getting to the nub of what is needed, drawing out the issues that have true relevance to the successful development of our work.

JISC e-Learning Programme

We are firmly committed to the post 16 sector and to working with providers and agencies to provide the best outcomes for learners in these challenging times. Please get in touch to discuss how we might help support you in your work.


Tel: 0161 835 4100
Fax: 0161 835 4101

Oakleigh Consulting Limited
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