Ofsted further education and skills research

Ofsted research about further education and skills.

Ofsted carries out research alongside its main inspection programme of providers.

This serves a range of purposes. Depending on the subject chosen, it provides an opportunity to focus on specific issues in greater detail than is possible during an institutional inspection. Alternatively, it may explore an aspect that falls outside the current inspection framework, or may sample provision in areas of our remit that we do not currently inspect.


How colleges are run

Employment and enterprise

Inspection methodology

Prison education




Study programmes

Published 15 May 2015
Last updated 12 February 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added a link to survey inviting feedback on publications.

  2. Added apprenticeship report

  3. First published.