Report of an Evaluation of the Dissemination of Best Practice of Cultural Diversity in the Colleges of Further and Higher Education in Northern Ireland

Date published: 25 March 2010

Type: Surveys / Evaluations
Organisational phase: Further Education, Higher Education/Initial Teacher Education

In October 2009, the Inspectorate evaluated the effectiveness of the six area-based further education colleges in implementing the key recommendations of circular FE 02 / 06 from the Department for Employment and Learning. 


A team of inspectors visited each college and held discussions with approximately 65 key staff including lecturers, project co-ordinators, support staff and senior managers from the Colleges involved. In total, 12 teaching sessions were observed. In each of the Colleges, focus groups were held with students from a range of cultural backgrounds, and approximately 135 students were interviewed or observed during the evaluation.