The evaluation focused, in particular, on the effectiveness of the further education sector in taking forward the best practice identified through phase one and responding to and implementing recommendations from the Chill Factor, Racism and Homophobia reports. Discussions were held with approximately 65 staff including lecturers, support staff and senior managers from the Colleges involved. In total, 21 teaching sessions were observed. In each of the Colleges, focus groups were held with students from a range of cultural backgrounds, and approximately 345 students were interviewed or observed during the evaluation.
In the period between November 2009 and March 2011 a team of six inspectors from the Inspectorate completed the second phase of the evaluation to further assess the progress of the six Colleges towards the implementation of the key recommendations of Circular FE02/06.