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Updated OfSTED Inspection Framework

Colleges and Training Providers should be aware that OfSTED have updated the “Inspection Framework


The main changes have been around how Ofsted will monitor newly-funded providers' visits. Where these monitoring visits to new providers take place, progress judgements will be made against the following themes:

  • how much progress have leaders made to ensure that the provider is meeting all the requirements of successful apprenticeship provision if the provider has apprenticeship training provision

  • what progress have leaders and managers made to ensure that apprentices benefit from high-quality training that leads to positive outcomes for apprentices if the provider has apprenticeship training provision

  • how much progress have leaders and managers made to ensure that effective safeguarding arrangements are in place in the case of all such providers

  • what progress have leaders and managers made to ensure that learners benefit from high-quality adult education that prepares them well for their intended job role, career aims and/or personal goals if the provider has adult education provision?

The progress judgements made are the following, in accordance with the Handbook: insufficient, reasonable or significant progress.


OfSTED Self Assessment Reports


Colleges and providers need to understand the core components of the inspection framework, as this will allow them to analyse their delivery and produce accurate self-assessment reports.


For new providers, in particular, it's important to recognise the importance of a well-developed self-assessment report. This fundamental document is required annually and will form the basis for any OfSTED inspection. A strong self-assessment report should be collaborative, with input from all stakeholders, including staff, learners, and other partners.


The self-assessment report should address all aspects of the OfSTED Inspection Framework, including:

  • The quality of education

  • Behaviour and attitudes

  • Personal development

  • Leadership and management

Providers should be realistic when developing their self-assessment reports. It's important to avoid "over-egging" the findings and grades to avoid giving an inaccurate picture of the college or provider's performance. Being honest about areas for improvement is essential for demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.


A quality improvement plan is also crucial for demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement. The quality improvement plan should be a working document that outlines specific actions that will be taken to improve the quality of education and training delivery. Having a list of actions that will never fully be addressed is not enough. The plan should be regularly reviewed and updated to reflect progress made.


To summarise, a well-developed self-assessment report and quality improvement plan are essential for colleges and providers looking to succeed in the OfSTED inspection process. Providers should be honest, realistic, and collaborative when developing their self-assessment report and focus on producing a working quality improvement plan that outlines specific actions for improving the quality of education and training delivery. By doing so, providers can demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement and achieve success in OfSTED inspections.


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