Robust Self Assessment - CIF

There are no open events scheduled for this topic. It may be run as an open event again in the future. Alternatively, we can run it as a bespoke internal event for your organisation.


Hints, Tips & Guidance on writing & updating SARs to the 2012 Ofsted CIF

Whilst the SAR is not required by the SFA, it is still used by Ofsted during annual risk assessment and inspection.

All providers should ensure their SAR and QIP remain current. SARs and/or QIPs that are old, weak and/or out of date can adversely influence Ofsted's risk assessment, could bring inspection forward and might even ultimately limit the grade awarded for "Effectiveness of Leadership and Management".

This one-day good practice workshop is designed to help FE & Skills Sector Providers update their existing Self-Assessment processes, Self-Assessment Reports and Quality Improvement Plans to better meet the structure of the frameworks and approaches post September 2012.

The Provider Self-Assessment Report is still a pivotal document - it plays a significant part in performance review, contract renewal and continuous improvement. Although no longer a contractual requirement from funders, it is much used by Ofsted when scheduling inspections.  It helps to determine when, how and by whom organisations should be inspected and on which specific areas of a Provider's provision the Inspection should focus. 

Where the findings of the SAR are not supported by Inspection it reflects poorly on the Leadership and Management and on curriculum grades. It is therefore imperative that all providers review their SAR submissions annually and ensure that the latest information is uploaded to the Provider Gateway.

For maximum benefit the SAR needs to focus on robust judgments, clearly evidencing continued improvement and should adopt a layout and style that mimics what inspectors are used to and expect to see.

This workshop shows you how.

For Whom

This workshop is designed for those keen to gain advice and guidance on improving the quality of their self-assessment and reporting documents and/or meeting the demands of the latest 2012 inspection framework for the FE & Skills sector.

It is specifically designed for representatives from Providers and Organisations operating within the Further Education & Skills Sector, such as Apprenticeship Providers and FE/6th Form Colleges and related infrastructure organisations.

The workshop is not considered suitable for those working in or with in primary/secondary education schools.

It is also suited to those who have, or who are likely to have, responsibility for managing, updating and/or contributing to the SAR and QIP. This includes those tasked with training staff on the latest requirements for self-assessment and for those evaluating the quality of SARs/QIPs either internally or within third party organisations.

Delegate Feedback

'Excellent delivery and content. Very open discussion - style delivery.'
Vice President, Preston College

'Very,very informative and useful. A great help!'
Head of Department, The Sheffield College

'Excellent. Relevant and useful resources, advice and a wealth of up-to-date experience shared generously. Highly recommended.'
Quality Manager, Waltham Forest Community Learning & Skills Service

'A lively thought provoking workshop. That enabled me to feel more confident about the task of SAR & QIP.'
Skills Office, Greenwich Council

'Outstanding informative combining information sharing, peer learning and interactive tasks. Very valuable and learning that can be immediately applied.'
Quality Manager, Community Systems

Aims and Objectives

This workshop is designed to help participants understand or better understand the following:


This workshop is split into 9 distinct knowledge sessions that inter-relate and build to provide clear guidance and support for those writing and evaluating SARS followed by some sessions that enable participants to practise evaluation.

1.  Introduction and Scene Setting

2.  The 2012 Inspection Framework and Common Evaluation Schedule

3.  Implications for Providers

This session looks at the latest requirements in more detail and considers, for each, the implications for providers and how they can ensure that they are met:

4.  Gathering Evidence, Making Judgments, Awarding Grades

5.   Writing the SAR

6.   Involving Staff, Learner and Employers

7. Key Areas to consider when Self-Assessing

8. The QIP and Demonstrable improvement

9.  Evaluating the SAR and QIP

This session provides a structured process that enables participants to review and make robust judgement on the quality and validity of third party SARs and Action Plans.  In so doing, it helps participants better understand what inspectors look for and how they in turn, can produce documents that excel during inspection.

Internal Staff Training and Development

This training workshop, along with most of our other best practice training workshops, can be delivered as an internal training course at your premises. Even with groups as small as 6-8 delegates, the course fees per person for internal training workshops can be lower than for open events. The potential savings are even greater, if the travel time and the travel costs of the delegates are included.

Running training workshops internally is very convenient and it allows the participants to explore how key issues will impact on them and their organization. Then as a team they can begin to agree upon a development action plan, with priorities. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it combines a high quality service with excellent value for money and is a highly effective route for staff development.

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Certificates of Professional Development.

This course is recognised for CPD purposes by most professional institutes and associations including the Law Society, the CIM, the CMI, the ICAEW, the Institute of Learning and the CIPD. Formal Certificates of Professional Development will be issued by email to participants who successfully complete this course. These certificates will enable participants to evidence the update of their CPD records. The workshop will consider how to best apply the knowledge gained by the delegates upon their return to the workplace. This element of the programme is designed to maximise the benefits of attending and enable participants to make valued judgments when recording CPD activities