Inspection and performance of further education providers

Grading scale, frequency and outcomes of inspections, support for improving standards.

General information and guidance

  1. 16 to 19 education: accountability

    Information about the intervention actions available to the Education Funding Agency.

  2. Changes to education inspection from September 2015

    Details of the changes to how Ofsted will inspect early years provision, schools and further education and skills from September 2015.

  3. Conduct of inspectors during Ofsted inspections

    Guidance on the conduct of Ofsted inspectors and Ofsted's expectations of providers during inspection.

  4. Further education area reviews: policy and reports

    Policy documents about the area reviews of sixth-form and further education colleges.

  5. Gathering additional evidence to secure an incomplete inspection: Ofsted-related protocol

    Arrangements for gathering further evidence where an inspection is incomplete.

  6. How the Skills Funding Agency will intervene with providers

    Describes how the SFA will engage or intervene with providers who are underperforming or at risk of underperforming.

  7. Inspecting further education and skills: leaflet for providers

    This leaflet outlines what Ofsted will look at during an inspection of a further education and skills provider.

  8. Making a complaint about an Education Funding Agency funded institution

    How to make a complaint to the Education Funding Agency about an institution we fund.

  9. Ofsted provider portal: guidance for providers

    The provider portal allows Ofsted and the provider to share documentation during an inspection.

Further education intervention notices and reports

Investigations, performance, quality, financial standards.

  1. Further Education Commissioner intervention reports

    Summaries of the FE Commissioner's intervention reports on FE colleges and the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills' responses.

  2. Further Education Commissioner: intervention process

    Details how the Further Education (FE) Commissioner process helps deal with underperformance in FE corporations and institutions.

Further education provider performance measures

Satisfaction surveys, notices of concern.

  1. College funding: early intervention and prevention

    Describes how the EFA and SFA will engage with sixth-form colleges and general further education colleges who are at risk of failure.

  2. FE choices national reporting: employer satisfaction survey

    Overviews at national level of the findings from the FE choices employer satisfaction surveys.

  3. FE Choices: information for providers

    FE choices provides comparable information to help learners and employers make informed choices about education and training.

  4. Further education colleges: financial intervention and exceptional support

    Actions BIS and the Skills Funding Agency will take to protect learners when a further education college seeks exceptional financial support.

  5. Learner satisfaction community learning survey 2014 to 2015 report

    Summary of the findings for the 2014 to 2015 community learning learner satisfaction survey.

  6. Learner satisfaction community learning survey 2015 to 2016 report

    Summary of the findings for the 2015 to 2016 community learning learner satisfaction survey.

  7. Performance tables: technical and vocational qualifications

    Technical and vocational qualifications approved for reporting in school performance tables.

  8. SFA: current notices of concern

    Lists the colleges and training organisations with a notice of concern or serious breach under the SFA approach to intervention.

Inspection of further education and skills providers

Being inspected, outcomes, handbooks, financial assurance.

  1. 16 to 18 minimum standards for 2016

    This document sets out the minimum standard measure applied to all schools and colleges for 16- to 18-year-olds.

  2. Being inspected as a further education and skills provider

    Ofsted inspects further education (FE) and skills providers to check how well their education and training meets the needs of learners.

  3. College funding: early intervention and prevention

    Describes how the EFA and SFA will engage with sixth-form colleges and general further education colleges who are at risk of failure.

  4. Further education and skills inspection handbook

    Guidance for inspecting further education and skills provision under the common inspection framework.

  5. How Ofsted supports further education and skills providers

    This guidance sets out what Ofsted does to help providers that have been judged to require improvement to get to good or better.

  6. Inspecting colleges with residential provision: questionnaire

    For inspection to 31 March 2017.

  7. Inspecting residential colleges - indicative timetable

    For inspection to 31 March 2017.

  8. Inspecting welfare and duty of care in the armed services: framework

    How Ofsted inspects the welfare and duty of care in the armed services.

  9. Ofsted’s inspection workforce from September 2015

    This document aims to answer some of the common questions about the changes made to our inspection workforce arrangements from September.

  10. Pre-registration advice notes for free schools, studio schools and university technical colleges 2016

    At the request of the Secretary of State for Education, Ofsted conducts pre-registration inspections of proposed free schools, studio schools and university technical colleges.

  11. Short inspections of further education and skills: leaflet for providers

    This leaflet outlines what Ofsted will look at during a short inspection of a further education and skills provider.

Inspection of residential provision in further education colleges

Evaluation guidance, timetables, questionnaires, frameworks.

Performance data and Ofsted reports of further education providers

Local authority interactive tool, inspections, outcomes.

  1. 16 to 18 destination measures (2016)

    Information on 16 to 18 destination measures data for students who finished 16-to-18 study in the 2013 to 2014 academic year.

  2. 16 to 18 English and maths progress measure qualifications

    A list of qualifications included in the English and maths progress measures for 16 to 18 performance tables.

  3. 16 to 19 accountability headline measures

    Guide for schools, colleges and local authorities on new measures in the 2016 performance tables.

  4. Find an Ofsted inspection report

    Search for Ofsted inspection reports for childminders and childcare providers, schools, colleges, further education providers, children and families services

  5. Further education and skills inspection handbook

    Guidance for inspecting further education and skills provision under the common inspection framework.

  6. Technical Baccalaureate measure for 16- to 19-year-olds

    Details of the qualifications that count towards the TechBacc measure and the funding that will be available from 2016 to 2017.

Student performance in further education

Statistics, skills survey reports.

  1. 16 to 18 destination measures (2016)

    Information on 16 to 18 destination measures data for students who finished 16-to-18 study in the 2013 to 2014 academic year.

  2. 16 to 18 English and maths progress measure qualifications

    A list of qualifications included in the English and maths progress measures for 16 to 18 performance tables.

  3. 16 to 19 accountability headline measures

    Guide for schools, colleges and local authorities on new measures in the 2016 performance tables.