Further Education

Education and Skills written question – answered on 22nd November 2001.

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Photo of Mr Bill Tynan Mr Bill Tynan Labour, Hamilton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment she has made of the quality of teaching in further education.

Photo of Adrian Bailey Adrian Bailey Labour/Co-operative, West Bromwich West

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the quality of teaching in further education.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Skills)

Since the Learning and Skills Act 2000, Ofsted and Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI) inspect Further Education colleges under the common inspection framework. Each inspection includes an assessment of teaching quality. The first five college inspections under the new regime were published in the summer, when 16 per cent. of lessons observed were judged to be less than satisfactory. These are the only inspections published to date and might well not be representative.

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