To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many further education establishments have closed in the last (a) 12 months, (b) five years and (c) 10 years.
There has been a substantial reduction in independent college corporations over the last 10 years. That reflects increased efficiency achieved through mergers, including through reducing the number of separate leadership teams and rationalising corporate services. All structural changes have prioritised learner need and achieving high educational standards. In every dissolution, there was a transfer of assets, rights and liabilities (including sites, staff, continuing students, provision and funding) to other colleges or education providers.
The number of corporations that have closed is as follows:
(a) Between 1 November 2019 and 31 October 2020 – 9.
(b) Between 1 November 2015 and 31 October 2020 – 100.
(c) Between 1 November 2010 and 31 October 2020 – 123.
These figures include 26 sixth form colleges which have converted to academies. Decisions in relation to provision provided at individual college sites are taken by college corporations, including assessing the impact of any changes to delivery model on students’ access to learning.