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Ofsted grades a fifth of GFE colleges ‘inadequate’

Low level of GCSE resit passes cited as a potential reason for the decline in ratings

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The proportion of general FE colleges graded “inadequate” by Ofsted has almost doubled, TES analysis reveals, with just one institution graded “outstanding” in 2015-16.

Of the 65 colleges subjected to full inspections, 12 were rated “inadequate” – 19 per cent of the total. The previous year, just 10 per cent received the lowest grade.

In contrast, the overall performance of the sixth-form colleges and independent learning providers inspected improved when compared with 2014-15.

An Ofsted spokeswoman said that the performance of FE providers “varies considerably”. She added: “While it is good ...

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