Outcome based success measures

The accountability of public services is important and particularly so, when as in the case of learning and skills, the service supplied underpins our economic success and individual prosperity. To date, the measure of success in further education has been learner achievement of qualifications. This measure has proved very successful in inspiring providers to improve learner retention and achievement. Through continuous refinement of their approaches, provider success rates are now commonly well above 80%.

In the future, rather than relying on the single measure of qualification achievement, the Government proposes to add several new measures of success. However, these additional new measures are quite different in character because whereas qualification achievement is an output measure, the proposed additional success measures are all measures of outcomes.