Three regions overrun area review target.

‘At least three of the seven regions involved in the first wave of post-16 education and training area reviews have already overrun the extended government target for completion, FE Week has found.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) initially advised in September that post-16 education and skills area reviews should take three to four months to complete — then extended this to four to six months in a second guidance document published in March.

At the time of going to press, three areas which held their first steering group meetings in September and early October had now passed the six-month deadline.

A number of principals involved blamed the hold-ups on the unexpected government announcements during this time that sixth form colleges (SFCs) could apply for academy status and that a restructuring facility was to be made available to fund area review recommendations.’ – FE Week


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