• Ofsted watch: Busy week with good news for most providers

    It has been a promising week for all types of FE providers, with 22 positive reports published by the education watchdog. However, the week wasn’t without its bad news, with three ‘insufficient progress’ early monitoring visits and one provider dropping from grade two to three. Two other providers were also rated ‘requires improvement’. Crewe Engineering

    14.46 Jul. 5th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: UTC impresses while colleges flounder

    A university technical college stood out this week for the right reasons – it was rated ‘good’ in its first ever inspection. General FE colleges didn’t reach the same heights, with two large college groups dropping to ‘requires improvement’ while another received a second consecutive ‘inadequate’ report. UTC Warrington was given a grade two after

    16.49 Jun. 21st, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: Airports apprenticeship provider slammed by Ofsted – again

    A new apprenticeship provider that was suspended from recruiting learners last year has been rated ‘inadequate’ in its first full inspection, in what was otherwise an average week for the FE sector. The only other bad report came in for Prospects Training International Limited, which trades a Geason Training and was bought out in a

    15.13 Jun. 7th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: Tough week with one employer provider crashing to a grade four

    It has been a tough week for FE as one provider was hit with ‘inadequate’ and three others found making insufficient progress. Securitas UK, a large employer provider in the security sector, was rated as ‘inadequate’ in its first full inspection after Ofsted found none of its apprentices achieved their qualification. Ofsted’s report found that

    15.56 May. 24th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: Two providers straight in with ‘good’ in uneventful week for FE

    One specialist college and a private provider received a grade two rating in their first ever Ofsted inspections, in what was otherwise an average week in the FE sector. The only critical report came in for an NHS trust, after inspectors found it was making ‘insufficient progress’ in an early monitoring visit of its apprenticeship

    15.42 May. 10th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: Solid start to the summer term for most providers

    The summer term has kicked off on a solid footing with two colleges and one university being graded ‘good’ while one dance and drama college was rated ‘outstanding’. However, the good news was slightly overshadowed by two ‘inadequate’ full inspections and three ‘insufficient’ monitoring visits. Liverpool Theatre School & College Limited was upgraded to ‘outstanding’

    16.20 Apr. 26th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: 8 out of 10 providers celebrate positive reports

    It has been a very successful week for FE providers, with eight out of the 10 reports published by Ofsted showcasing great strides in their provision. The most glowing report came in for First Intuition Cambridge Limited, a private provider which was found making ‘significant progress’ in all themes judged during an early monitoring visit

    15.49 Apr. 12th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: UTC jumps from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’

    A university technical college was celebrating this week after it climbed its way up from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’, while six other providers also secured grade two ratings. But the week wasn’t without its lows, as one provider dropped to ‘inadequate’, three received ‘insufficient’ ratings in early monitoring reports, and another fell from grade one to

    16.55 Apr. 5th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: Mixed results for FE providers

    It has been a varied week in the FE sector, with three providers receiving ‘good’ grades from Ofsted while three others were told they require improvement. The education watchdog also published four monitoring visits, where two providers were found making ‘significant progress’. Good news came in for the Open University and the University of Sheffield,

    16.55 Mar. 29th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: Four providers improve to ‘good’ in busy week for FE

    Four providers – including a major college – have boosted their grades from three to two this week, while seven others either maintained the ‘good’ rating or achieved it in either their first inspection. Elsewhere it’s been a busy week for monitoring visits, with 16 reports published – 14 for new apprenticeship visits which produced

    17.28 Mar. 15th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: Two NHS trusts hit with poor reports

    Two NHS trusts have been put in intensive care this week, following poor Ofsted reports – one a monitoring visit, the other a full inspection. Elsewhere, a trio of providers have maintained their grade three ratings for at least the second inspection in a row. Walsall NHS Trust was rated ‘inadequate’ across the board for

    17.37 Jan. 18th, 2019 | News