Headlines: August 14th, 2001

The pressure is now on 16-19 year old education, with a further damning report on an FE college by OFSTED.OFSTED, a non-ministerial body, is now responsible for inspecting both pre-school and further education, as well as schools. Its latest report is on Stockton College, one of the largest in the UK.

The report says the overall quality of provision is inadequate. Six of 13 curriculum areas have been judged unsatisfactory. Leadership and management were also weak, according to inspectors.

Since the Learning and Skills Act 2000, OFSTED has reported on five colleges and also the area-wide provision in four districts.

It has been critical of three out of the five colleges inspected, and has found provision lacking in all four of its area-wide inspections – which were Southwark, Rotherham, Gateshead and Westminster.

Stockton College must now draw up an action plan for recovery for the Learning and Skills Council, the new funding body for post-16 education.