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Further Education: Standards

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will provide an updated list of organisations with a monitoring, inspection or improvement role in further education colleges on the same basis as Box 4 on page 27 of the 2005 Department for Education and Skills publication Realising the Potential: A review of the future role of further education colleges. (219478)

Since 1997 the Government have implemented major change to simplify the further education landscape and streamline national agencies. This includes reducing numbers of staff managing the further education and skills system from 10,000 in the TEC era to 4,700 as the Learning and Skills Council was established and further to 3,600 currently. We responded quickly to recommendations in Realising the Potential: A review of the future role of further education colleges by merging two major inspectorates, Ofsted and the Adult Learning Inspectorate, thereby simplifying inspection processes. More recently, the merger of the Quality Improvement Agency and the Centre for Excellence in Leadership, to form the Learning and Skills Improvement Service, will streamline processes further and drive quality improvement in the FE service through more direct influence from sector-leaders and practitioners. An updated list of organisations with a monitoring, inspection or improvement role in further education colleges is set out in the following list on the same basis as originally in the review report. This shows a reduction in the number of organisations with a monitoring, inspection or improvement role.

List of organisations with a monitoring/inspection/improvement role in FE colleges

Inspectorates

Ofsted

The Quality Assurance Agency (for HE in FE)

Funding/Monitoring/planning influence

The Learning and Skills Council

The Higher Education Funding Council for England

Job Centre Plus

Local Authorities

Regional Development Agencies

Sector Skills Councils/Commission for Employment and Skills

Improvement/Standards Setting

Local Learning and Skills Councils

The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (being formed from merging the Quality Improvement Agency and the Centre for Excellence in Leadership)

Lifelong Learning UK

Institute for Learning

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority /Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator

Awarding Bodies