Colleges in Hartlepool are set to come under scrutiny as part of a national review.
The Government has announced that Teesside has been chosen as one of the initial areas which will undergo a review of post-16 education.
This means Hartlepool College of Further Education and Hartlepool Sixth Form College will be among ten further education and sixth form colleges thrown into the spotlight in the Tees Valley area.
The Area Reviews policy was announced earlier in the summer as part of reforms to further education to ensure that the right skills are being delivered to young people across England.
The review will assess the economic and educational needs of Hartlepool and the rest of the Teesside area, and the implications for post-16 education and training provision, including school sixth forms, sixth form colleges, further education colleges and independent learning providers.
Skills Minister, Nick Boles, has welcomed the new review in Teesside, which was announced yesterday.
He said: “We are developing a further education system which creates a productive, innovative and competitive workforce for the 21st century.
“This review will support the hard work of FE teachers and lecturers in Teesside, and give local people and businesses a greater say over how and what young people are taught.”
Birmingham and Solihull were announced as the first places to be reviewed, followed by Greater Manchester and Sheffield City regions.
Teesside is in the third batch to be announced along with the Sussex Coast and Solent.
And, further area reviews will be announced shortly.
Following the economic assessments and needs for the area, the reviews, led by steering groups, will then focus on the current structure of further education and sixth form colleges, although there will be opportunities for other institutions, such as schools and independent providers, to take part in this stage of the analysis.