Two education charities which have worked closely with the Government are to merge, creating a body with a combined income of £6.5 million and a workforce of 83.
The Community Education Development Centre provides education after school, while Education Extra gives tuition in disadvantaged communities.
The two are considering the name Community Extra and have already named Phil Street, current chief executive of the Community Education Development Centre, as head of the new body.
"We intend to use the merger as an opportunity for the centre and Education Extra to pool expertise and to respond more effectively to meeting the learning needs of communities across the country," said Street.
The two charities' work has become increasingly intertwined with the pair recently working on the Schools Plus initiative, a project funded by the Department for Education and Skills.