If there are targets against which no or limited progress has been made or commitments that have not been delivered, providers are expected to provide an explanation of why this is the case and what steps they have taken in the monitoring return.
It is critical that the OfS understands the varied impacts the pandemic has had on students and the delivery of providers’ access and participation plans across the sector. Therefore, in this monitoring return, all providers will be expected to answer a series of questions in relation to the challenges the pandemic created and how they have responded to them.
This information will be required regardless of whether a provider has made expected progress against targets. This is because, in addition to understanding the impact of the pandemic on the delivery of commitments within the 2019-20 plan, we are also seeking information on how plans for the implementation of the commitments in 2020-21 plans have been affected.
We wrote to providers on 26 November 2020 to set out our approach and expectations for the monitoring of the 2019-20 access and participation plans.
We’ve published further advice and guidance on the coronavirus pandemic including the OfS regulatory requirements.