Ofsted considers separate campus grades for colleges.

‘Colleges could face closer scrutiny from inspectors under plans being proposed by Ofsted to introduce separate campus grades for colleges. The suggestion is a bid to improve local accountability in the aftermath of the area reviews, TES can reveal.

Paul Joyce, the inspectorate’s deputy director for FE and skills, has also expressed concerns that area reviews are taking “the focus off the day job” in some colleges and risk affecting the quality of provision.

Ofsted currently grades colleges only at corporation level. The change is being considered in response to the area reviews, which are likely to result in a smaller number of larger colleges, which are likely to operate across several geographical locations.

Following discussions between Ofsted, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Bis) and the Department for Education, a consultation, expected to begin this month, will seek views from the sector on whether inspection reports should also include a separate overall grade for each campus. …

If supported by college leaders, the move could see extra inspectors visiting college sites at the same time as the central corporations are being inspected.’ - TES

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