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Ofsted praises ‘big improvement’ but admits to fears about funding

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Ofsted’s annual report contained a huge rarity for FE this week: some good news!

Well, sort of.

The report, published on Tuesday, says that the overall performance of general FE colleges has improved in 2017-18. There is also an admission from the inspectorate that funding pressures on the sector are affecting its performance (anyone got five minutes to send a copy to FE minister Anne Milton?).

But what else can we dig out from the pages of Amanda Spielman’s second report as chief inspector?

* More than three-quarters of general FE colleges (76 per cent) were rated “good” or “outstanding” ...

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