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Partnerships for Schools abolished

The government has abolished the former BSF-delivery body Partnerships for Schools (PfS), replacing it with a new central procurement body

Announced today by education secretary Michael Gove, the dissolution marks the end of months of speculation over the future of the organisation.

According to Gove, PfS will be wound up and its functions transferred to the Department for Education policy directorates and the new Education Funding Agency (EFA) in April 2012.

He explained: ‘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.’

Gove also appointed Peter Lauener – current Young People’s Learning Agency chief – as EFA chief executive.

In May Tim Byles stepped down as PfS chief executive after four years at the helm of the organisation.

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