FE Commissioner-led structure and prospects appraisals (SPA)

For further education (FE) colleges considering a commissioner-led SPA to assess restructuring options and help their college maintain financial sustainability.



This guidance is for all members of a college governing body. It applies to:

  • FE colleges
  • sixth-form colleges
  • specialist designated institutions

It is about how FE institutions can consider a commissioner-led SPA if they think they may need to restructure to ensure their college maintains financial sustainability to deliver high-quality education.

Colleges wishing to conduct their own SPA can read ‘Further education funding: structure and prospects appraisals guidance’.

Published 13 June 2018