Sir Andrew Turnbull, Head of the Civil Service, has unveiled the national School For Government and the role it will play in modernising public services and in driving the Civil Service reform agenda. The structure and functions of the Centre for Management and Policy Studies, formerly the Civil Service College, which is based in Ascot Berkshire, have been completely re-vamped to form the National School. There will be a new emphasis on the needs of the wider public sector and the capacity of the organisation will be developed by drawing on experience from other organisations such as the local government leadership centre and academic institutions in the UK and abroad. The changes will mean an end to the ‘Argos’ type catalogue of courses formerly offered by the Centre and new forms of learning experiences will be introduced, based on what customers say they want.The School will work in partnership with Warwick Business School to develop leadership and management development programmes for ministers, senior civil servants, and senior policy makers and managers from national and local government, health service, police and education. The programmes will include exchanges with the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Copenhagen Business School and the Australian and New Zealand School of Government.
There are also plans for a series of intensive leadership master classes and executive programmes for movers and shakers across the public sector.
The School also plans to lead a consortium including the University of Birmingham and Ashridge Business Schools to deliver new ‘Leadership UK’ leadership development programmes for people who lead public services, whether in the public, private or voluntary sectors. This is a joint venture between the Cabinet Office, CBI, NHS, local government, the criminal justice and educational sectors, the Chief Executives in Voluntary Organisations, and the Association of Chief Police Officers. ‘Leaders UK’ is designed to develop leaders with a broader experience and understanding of work across public services. The programme will bring added emphasis to the development of cross sectorial skills such as transformational leadership and partnership working. The closing date for applications is 29 July 2005.