Consultation outcome

Chartered status for further education institutions

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

Responses to the consultation showed positive support for an independent quality scheme for further education (FE) colleges and training providers, recognising the wide range of activity in these institutions. Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills, asked Lord Lingfield to take this work forward.

In July 2013 Lord Lingfield set up the Institution for Further Education Ltd to work on the new quality scheme for the FE sector. He aims to launch the scheme in early 2014.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


Seeks views on proposals to create a chartered status scheme for further education (FE) institutions.


Consultation description

The consultation seeks views on proposals aiming to:

  • enhance the reputation of the sector
  • demonstrate where and how colleges and training providers are being responsive to the employers and communities in their area
  • measure and demonstrate increased quality
  • help prospective learners and the UK Border Agency recognise legitimate further education (FE) colleges and training providers

These proposals draw on the views of a sector working group. Through this consultation we seek the views of the wider FE sector to help shape and develop proposals.