The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) publishes a monthly update on notices of concern, which FE Week will report on regularly in our new ‘SFA Warning’ section.

The latest to be added to the list on May 10 were Cornwall College and Tower Hamlets College, which received notices for financial health and minimum standards respectively.

Tower Hamlets is the first provider this year to receive a notice of concern for minimum standards.

These are issued if a provider does not, for example, meet a minimum threshold for qualification achievement rates in different types of provision, such as basic skills maths and English.

Notices are also issued to providers that fail to meet the SFA’s criteria for financial health.

The agency collects information from colleges each year in order to give them an overall financial health rating.

It comes after FE Week reported in February that the number of notices of concern issued to FE providers by the SFA had more than
doubled in the last year.


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  1. Richard Le Corney

    I see the Ami and Kimi Circus is putting on a repeat of their Nottingham performance.

    I wonder if Ami will also label the FE Commissioner’s next report into Cornwall College as “flawed” (see FE Week July 6, 2015). There seems to have been remarkably little substance to his criticism of the Nottingham report.

    I hope the Cornwall College governing body have been better informed than at Nescot.