• Colleges will put learners on inappropriate courses without funding increase, warns Ofsted boss

    Colleges are likely to increase the amount of courses that “attract the most learners” but which don’t offer “real long-term life prospects” if funding isn’t increased, Ofsted chief inspector has warned. Amanda Spielman appeared before MPs on the public accounts committee this afternoon, during which she was asked about the impact of cuts of the

    18.13 Jan. 23rd, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted annual report 2017/18: Nine key findings for FE

    Amanda Spielman presented her second annual report as Ofsted’s chief inspector this morning. She used it to highlight improvement in overall FE outcomes in the face of funding pressures, as well as concerns that the apprenticeship levy isn’t being used as intended. FE Week has the nine key findings for FE and skills providers.  

    14.03 Dec. 4th, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted can’t keep up with the growth in apprentices, MPs hear

    Fears that Ofsted can’t keep up with the UK’s massive apprenticeships expansion have been raised before MPs, a day after the chief inspector spoke about her struggles to secure more funding. The House of Commons education select committee held an oral evidence session this morning, part of its inquiry into the quality and monitoring of

    14.30 Jan. 16th, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted boss worried about lack of subcontracting inspections

    The head of Ofsted has acknowledged MPs’ concerns about how few subcontractors used by FE providers are inspected. Speaking at a meeting of the education select committee today, Amanda Spielman accepted that she had a “number of concerns” about apprenticeship provision, and wanted to ensure that “cowboys”, “sharks” and “bottom feeders” do not take advantage

    13.08 Oct. 31st, 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

  • Editor Asks: Amanda Spielman, chief inspector, Ofsted

    With ‘inadequate’ verdicts fatally undermining many FE providers, the stakes have never been higher on Ofsted inspections. The new boss, Amanda Spielman, admits this places huge pressure on her inspectors, and didn’t rule out reintroducing a capacity-to-improve caveat for certain providers. The new register of apprenticeship training providers has brought the dire consequences of a

    16.00 Mar. 24th, 2017 | News

  • Exclusive: New Ofsted chief 'worried' about apprenticeship register

    The new chief inspector at Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, has spoken to FE Week of her concern following publication of the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. In a wide ranging interview on March 17, Ms Spielman was asked about the impact RoATP would have on Ofsted’s resource, given it represents a near doubling of the number of providers that

    21.47 Mar. 18th, 2017 | News

  • Ofsted boss commits to more 'positive and purposeful' approach to FE

    Ofsted’s new chief inspector was vowed to “reset” the relationship between the education watchdog and colleges, in her first speech to the FE sector since taking over from Sir Michael Wilshaw in January. Amanda Spielman struck a more conciliatory tone than her controversial predecessor at the AoC Ofsted conference this morning in London. But while

    10.29 Mar. 17th, 2017 | News

  • Amanda Spielman, chair, Ofqual

    Amanda Spielman does not consider herself a pedant, but is a self-confessed hater of unclear or “fuzzy” language. She doesn’t want to sound like someone who writes to newspapers complaining about the state of modern English and signing off, as she puts it, “Disgusted, from Tunbridge Wells”. “Of course language has to grow and change,”

    7.30 Jun. 8th, 2015 | Profiles