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.


Employment and enterprise

  1. Skills for employment: assessing training and support
  2. Promoting enterprise in college vocational courses


  1. Safeguarding in colleges: best practice
  2. The Prevent duty in further education and skills providers
  3. Knife crime: safeguarding children and young people in education

How colleges are run

  1. Local accountability and autonomy in colleges
  2. Teaching, learning and assessment in further education and skills
  3. Virtual learning environments: resources for providers
  4. How colleges improve and sustain high performance
  5. Volunteering programmes for young people: how beneficial are they?
  6. Commissioning young people’s services: evaluation of approaches

Inspection methodology



Study programmes

  1. Lessons from Foundation Learning for the 16 to 19 Study Programmes
  2. Level 2 study programmes
  3. Transforming 16 to 19 education and training
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.