Policy paper: College oversight: support and intervention

Department For Education

October 26
11:03 2020

College oversight: support and intervention


The policy sets out a strengthened approach to supporting and intervening in colleges, including:

  • a preventative function to identify problems sooner
  • extended triggers for early and formal intervention
  • a strengthened role for the FE Commissioner to review provision in a local area
  • use of independent business reviews to support effective decision making
  • introduction of the statutory college insolvency regime

If a college or creditor initiates insolvency proceedings, notice of those proceedings should be sent by email to or by post to:

Secretary of State for Education
Department for Education
Sanctuary Buildings
Great Smith Street

Published 1 April 2019
Last updated 26 October 2020 +show all updates
  1. Document updated to reflect amendment to formal intervention trigger for cash related concerns.

  2. Extended the criteria for FE Commissioner diagnostic assessments so a college can be referred for one earlier than the current criteria allows. Delegated the decision to place a college into Supervised College Status to the Case Management Group (CMG).

  3. First published.

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