Policy paper

College oversight: support and intervention

This policy sets out how the government will support and intervene to improve financial resilience and quality in colleges.


College oversight: support and intervention


The policy sets out a strengthened approach to supporting and intervening in colleges, including:

  • a preventative function to identify problems sooner
  • extended triggers for early and formal intervention
  • a strengthened role for the FE Commissioner to review provision in a local area
  • use of independent business reviews to support effective decision making
  • introduction of the statutory college insolvency regime

If a college or creditor initiates insolvency proceedings, notice of those proceedings should be sent by email to ProviderMarketOversight.BST@education.gov.uk or by post to:

Secretary of State for Education
Department for Education
Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street

Published 1 April 2019