Following a report published by the NAO this morning on financial stability in the FE sector, BIS has announced that it is formally launching a series of area reviews primarily concerned with the future provision of FE colleges and sixth form colleges in different parts of the country (http://bit.ly/1gK4hEw). The skills minister has confirmed in the House of Commons that the provision of other types of post-16 institutions will also be taken into account, including for example support for the unemployed.

Stakeholder groups will be established to run these reviews and in their areas, devolved cities will lead them. The first review will start in Birmingham and other waves will be announced and conducted until December 2016.

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