Learndirect is a very large commercial further education provider, whose core business is skills, training and employment services. Learndirect receives funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and, in keeping with other further education providers, is subject to inspection by the Office for Standards in Education, Children Services and Skills (Ofsted).
In March 2017, Ofsted carried out an inspection of Learndirect and awarded it a Grade 4 (‘Inadequate’) rating. ESFA subsequently made a number of decisions about its ongoing funding of Learndirect. This investigation will set out the key facts relating to those decisions.