is a learning and skills recognition of the excellence and innovation which exists within the Learning and Skills sector for the United Kingdom
. The award congratulates learning providers that deliver outstanding teaching and learning and are well led and managed. It is for providers funded by the Learning and Skills Council and inspected by the Office for Standards in Education
(OFSTED) or the Adult Learning Inspectorate
(ALI). The status is held for three years.
It was launched by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) in partnership with the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) in 2002. The scheme is now managed by the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA). Beacons are drawn from general, tertiary colleges, sixth forms, work based learning providers and adult community learning providers.