Congratulations to Exeter College for topping our new FE league table

Exeter College has come out top – with a perfect 16 out of 16 score – in the inaugural FE Week college league table.

Congratulations to Richard Atkins, who as principal led the college to success, and of course to all the staff.

But league tables only have one top spot and with over 200 colleges in the UK, many college leaders will be less pleased.

I can’t pretend that publishing a full league tables using four measures won’t ruffle a few feathers

But the government has for many years collected and published learner and employer satisfaction data.

Now it’s being shared with employers through the new ‘Find apprenticeship training’ site (which we reviewed here) which is designed to “enable comparisons to be made against other colleges”.

Following the Enterprise Act 2016, the government has also improved destination data; readers will be familiar with our apprenticeship volume analysis.

This is my first attempt at a scoring system, and while I’m pleased with the results, colleges should expect refinements for 2017.



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  1. Lindsey Biggs

    What is the rationale behind using 19+ apprenticeship allocation as the only measure for apps rating please?

    Editor: It is intended simply as a measure of the extent to which the college has been following clear government policy, based on the percentage of their adult funding that has been allocated for adult apprenticeships.