Skip to main content

Further Education: Standards

Question for Department for Education

UIN 134788, tabled on 28 March 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to improve the quality of further education.

Answered on

19 April 2018

Improving the quality of Further Education (FE) provision is a key government priority. There remains too much poor quality FE provision. The introduction of T levels will establish a world class technical education system that develops young people’s talent and ensures that they have access to the training they need.

To deliver world class technical education we need outstanding FE Colleges. We have now approved the first fourteen grants from the Strategic College Improvement Fund, worth £15 million, enabling some of the best FE colleges to partner with those needing to improve. We have appointed seven National Leaders in FE, enabling the best college principals to actively support their peers. The FE Commissioner’s role has been extended to support improvement at a wider group of colleges, helping them to address any areas of weakness at an early stage. The role of governors within the FE sector has been strengthened. We are also continuing to help colleges restructure to create efficiency which can be reinvested in teaching and learning, including through access to funding from a restructuring facility.

To create excellent institutions, we need talented teachers and leaders. We continue to fund the Education Training Foundation to help raise standards of teaching, leadership, and governance across the sector. We have announced up to £20 million to help teachers prepare for the implementation of T levels. Bursaries of up to £25,000 continue to be offered, up to at least 2019, to attract new graduates with relevant degrees to teach maths and English within the FE sector. We have also committed to invest £40 million to establish a FE centres for excellence in basic maths programme. This programme will build teaching capacity and spread high quality, new and evidenced methods for teaching of basic skills in the post-16 sector.