College board reviews service extended to July 2021

The Department for Education has extended the Education and Training Foundation board reviews service to July 2021. This means that there is still time for colleges to receive a free board review, where they meet the criteria for a referral.

As highlighted in the FE and Skills White Paper, three-yearly external board reviews will shortly become a requirement for FE college corporations, so now is a good time to consider applying for one. The Further Education Commissioner teams and ESFA’s Territorial teams will actively assess whether reviews would be helpful for colleges with whom they are in touch, and make a referral where appropriate, but colleges may also make their own case for a referral.

If you would like to seek a referral for your college, please email the policy team at to explain the factors that should be taken into account, as requests are prioritised. These factors might include:

  • A recent self-assessment which indicates the need for a thorough review
  • A recent change in leadership
  • A period of structural change
  • Other new challenges which require the college to take stock.

The service was launched in October 2020.

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