• Ofsted appears to back colleges in Progress 8 battle

    The credibility of a major new government progress measure is a stake after a college labelled as one of the worst in the country for teaching 14- to 16-year-olds has been rated ‘outstanding’ for its provision by Ofsted. The watchdog couldn’t praise Leeds City College highly enough for its “direct entry” provision in a report

    10.35 Mar. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • What the FE sector should be saying about Progress 8

    Colleges and providers are in agreement: school league tables are a terrible way to measure FE learners’ progress. Sam Parrett proposes a solution I recently wrote an article arguing that colleges should not be judged by the government’s new-style Progress 8 league tables. The response I received from colleagues, local authorities and wider stakeholders was

    5.00 Mar. 12th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Don't judge colleges on Progress 8!

    The government’s wrong-headed performance measures do not work for 14-to-16 provision, and cannot give vocational learning the credit it deserves, writes Sam Parrett Over two years ago, I wrote to what was then the EFA to express my concerns around the new Progress 8 performance measures and how they would be applied to our cohort

    10.00 Feb. 2nd, 2018 | Opinion