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colleges making an impact

8 August 2013

Last year FE Colleges faced criticism from Ofsted particularly around their vocational emphasis and failure to meet the needs of their students.

However, new figures show that the FE sector is making wide-scale improvements in performance and that colleges are even outperforming secondary schools in terms of inspection results.

Comparison to secondary school performance is apt given the imminent introduction of legislation which enables colleges to provide vocational education for students from the age of 14. Colleges looking to explore the options now available will need to plan carefully to ensure any growth or innovation does not impact negatively on their College’s existing Ofsted rating.

Given the importance of teaching and learning in the schools sector it seems fair that this is being highlighted in the FE sector. Ofsted's annual report is due out in November, colleges will then find out whether they are top of the class.

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