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Ofsted Private Inspection Deal Causes Fury at FE Colleges

Magazine article Public Finance

Ofsted Private Inspection Deal Causes Fury at FE Colleges

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Further education colleges have reacted angrily to the news that they are to be inspected by a private company from September.

Ofsted is paying Nord Anglia £26m over four years to inspect all 387 FE and sixth form colleges in England, as well as providing regional inspection services to 2,718 schools in the north of England.

John Brennan, chief executive of the Association of Colleges, said colleges had been given no opportunity to assess the implications of such a move.

'Ofsted did not give us any notification that this sort of process was going on,' he said. 'If colleges are dealing with private organisations, it throws up questions of confidence. Nord Anglia will need to prove that it can do the job properly.'

An Ofsted spokeswoman said inspection teams would be led by Her Majesty's Inspectorate but managed by Nord Anglia, which will recruit other inspectors. …

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