The OfS and HESA have developed an improved data field to recognise ‘care leavers’ and those who have experienced care but are not supported by their local authority. This will help identify students with experience of care who don’t fall under the statutory definition of ‘care leaver’ but face many of the same barriers to successful participation in higher education as those who do.
The review makes clear that most higher education courses in England are high quality, with the majority of universities and colleges expected to comfortably meet the OfS’s requirements in this area. It argues that a minority of providers are letting students down with poor quality and uninspiring courses. The regulator has warned that poor quality courses – even in otherwise highly performing universities – are not acceptable. To read the article click here