• Sixth form college retains its grade one after 12-year respite

    A sixth form college in Merseyside has become the first SFC to score a grade one Ofsted rating in nearly two years, during which time three have lost their “outstanding” status. Carmel College retained its top rating this week, following a respite inspection period of over 12 years. Mike Hill, the college’s principal, said it

    10.00 Jun. 14th, 2019 | News

  • 'Outstanding' Ofsted result for Redbridge Institute of Adult Education

    A local authority provider has been rated outstanding by Ofsted for the first time since 2015. Redbridge Institute of Adult Education has received top marks in all headline fields. The report was full of praise for the organisation, which teaches at a main adult education campus in Gants Hill and 47 other community settings in

    10.04 Jun. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Third FE college in six months rated Ofsted outstanding

    A third general FE college has been rated ‘outstanding’ in the space of six months. Fareham College was recognised as grade one in all headline fields except adult learning programmes which was found to be ‘good’. The ‘outstanding’-overall report – up from its previous ‘good’ rating – is due to be published by Ofsted tomorrow,

    6.00 Nov. 9th, 2017 | News

  • Exclusive: First outstanding Ofsted rating for FE college in 14 months

    The first general FE to receive a grade one Ofsted rating in 14 months is Dudley College, FE Week can exclusively reveal. The report was full of glowing endorsements, including outstanding ratings for leadership and management, teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, outcomes for learners, 16 to 19 study programmes, adult learning

    12.50 Jun. 13th, 2017 | News

  • Ofstedwatch: Contrasting fortunes for colleges

    This week saw a reverse of fortunes for two colleges – with Ofsted dragging one down from ‘outstanding’ but boosting another two grades from ‘inadequate’. Meanwhile, a good week for the independent sector saw Northern Care Training Limited made the leap from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’. Blackburn College lost its ‘outstanding’ rating following an inspection in mid-March

    16.45 May. 5th, 2017 | News

  • Lowest percentage of colleges rated ‘outstanding’

    The number of colleges with top marks from Ofsted has fallen to its lowest ever level this week, after Blackburn College slumped to a shock grade three. New analysis by FE Week has uncovered a downward grading spiral for general FE colleges over the last 10 years. Just one college has received an ‘outstanding’ grade,

    10.00 May. 5th, 2017 | News