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Quality in Scotland's colleges

New quality arrangements for colleges [PDF] were introduced in AY 2016-17.

Under the arrangements colleges produce annual evaluative reports and enhancement plans, based on the How Good is our College? Framework, which are independently validated by Education Scotland and SFC.


The new arrangements have been designed to integrate SFC's monitoring of outcome agreements with Education Scotland, as well as plan for improvement, reflect regional approaches and strengthen college ownership for evaluation and improvement.

The arrangements are based on an ongoing cycle of engagement between colleges, Education Scotland, Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) and SFC Outcome Agreement Managers.

Supplementary Guidance for College Evaluative Reports and Enhancement Plans for AY 2017-18 [PDF].

SFC contracts Education Scotland to provide external assurance on quality and to support improvement in the college sector.

Education Scotland provides SFC with annual reports - One Year On 2016 [PDF] - of the evaluation activity in colleges which are published on the SFC and Education Scotland websites.