Information on forthcoming changes to the regulation of further education (FE) colleges.

The government is introducing a new statutory insolvency regime for FE colleges to:

  • give legal clarity about what will happen in the event of a college entering insolvency
  • provide protection for current students

We are also reviewing and strengthening our FE college intervention regime to ensure we can:

  • identify issues within colleges earlier
  • focus on preventing colleges getting into a position of insolvency

This document answers some anticipated questions to help build awareness of the changes among FE colleges.

In April 2019, we will publish full details setting out what is changing.


Regulation of further education colleges: questions and answers

Ref: DFE-00033-2019PDF, 189KB, 11 pages


If a college or creditor initiates insolvency proceedings, notice of those proceedings should be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to:

Secretary of State for Education 
Department for Education 
Sanctuary Buildings 
Great Smith Street 

Published 31 January 2019 
Last updated 22 February 2019 + show all updates


  1.  Added email and postal address for college or creditor insolvency proceeding notifications.
  2.  First published.

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