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Further Education Colleges

Education and Skills written question – answered on 13th May 2002.

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Photo of Andrew Turner Andrew Turner Conservative, Isle of Wight

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what requirements have been (a) placed on and (b) removed from further education and sixth form colleges in the last year for which information is available.

Photo of Margaret Hodge Margaret Hodge Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education)

The following major requirements were placed upon further education colleges and sixth from colleges in England during the financial year 2001–02.

A requirement for all new teachers entering further education from 1 September 2001 to hold, or acquire within two to four years, an FE teaching qualification or schools equivalent.

Colleges have been made subject to inspection by Ofsted and the Adult Learning Inspectorate by virtue of the Learning and Skills Act 2000.

A requirement for colleges to follow replacement Instrument and Articles of Government for all colleges in the FE sector effective from 1 April 2001.

The requirement to meet the terms of the previous Instrument and Articles of Government was removed.

In addition, the Learning and Skills Council is responsible for funding further education and sixth form colleges, and also places requirements on colleges. I have therefore asked the chief executive of the LSC, John Harwood, to write to you directly on this matter.

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