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Further Education: Inspections

Education written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Labour, Scunthorpe

To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what basis he would request an inspection of a (a) further education and (b) sixth form college which is judged outstanding by Ofsted under the powers proposed in clause 41 of the Education Bill.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The power proposed in clause 41 of the Education Bill exists across a number of inspection remits. There is a similar power in respect of school inspections, boarding welfare inspections and education inspections of independent schools. The power has been used extremely rarely in relation to schools and we envisage that it will only be used in exceptional circumstances for colleges. We expect this to be in cases where, for example, the Secretary of State has significant concerns about an institution.

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