Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 42, 2004, p.586-600
The incorporation of maintained further education colleges in 1993 made them independent of local education authority (LEA) control. Functions such as finance, estates and human resource management, formerly carried out by LEAs, were transferred to the colleges. At the same time new systems or funding and external accountability were put in place under the Further Education Funding Council. These were changed again in 2001 when the Learning and Skills Council took over responsibility. The article discusses the development of professionalism amongst middle managers of administrative functions in colleges.