Further education area reviews: how they work

Guidance for sixth-form and further education colleges explaining how the area reviews will work.



This guidance sets out the national framework for area reviews of the post-16 education and training sector.

It explains how area reviews will be carried out by local providers and stakeholders working with the:

  • Further Education Commissioner
  • Sixth-Form College Commissioner
  • Education Funding Agency
  • Skills Funding Agency

You should also read ‘Reviewing post-16 education and training institutions’.

Published 8 September 2015
Last updated 1 March 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include lessons learned and additional information on the restructuring facility, national benchmarks for FE and SF colleges, and academisation for post-16 providers.
  2. First published.