Succeeding at Ofsted Inspection under the Common Inspection Framework
Maximising grades under 2 day notice inspections
This workshop has been superceded by Preparing for an Ofsted Inspection for Managers
This one-day workshop provides guidance on ways providers can maintain a significant state of readiness; where constant preparation allows them to present their organisation to best effect despite the short lead time.
The 2012 Common Inspection Framework brings a new grading system, the removal of the ‘satisfactory’ option, an increased focus on the quality of teaching and just a 2-day notice period. All of which should encourage Providers to consider very thoroughly how they will approach their next inspection. Poor performance at inspection can have disastrous consequences for contract renewal and business growth so all Providers, especially those anticipating an inspection in the near future, need to pay maximum attention to maintaining or improving grades
The workshop also provides a clear indication what FE & Skills Providers need to do, to succeed at their next inspection.
This intensive one-day workshop will be of interest to Managers and Quality Specialists from all organisations subject to inspection under the Common Inspection Framework for Further Education, Learning and Skills. The workshop will be of specific interest to those organisations involved with Apprenticeship and ACL programmes.
'Very informative with very useful handouts and ideas to take back and practical.'
Quality Manager, Leeds City Council
This was an extremely useful session, which highlighted useful pointers to prepare for new inspection. The deliverer was extremely knowledgable and pragmatic and was very personable. Thank you.
Head of F/S & LS, Chesterfield College
'Excellent overview of how to prepare, not just for inspection but how to improve the whole provision.'
Quality Assurance Manager, Training for Travel
'Very detailed workshop about what to expect when notified of inspection. Excellent facilitator encouraging wide ranging discussions.'
Business Improvement Director, JHP Group
'I would highly recommend it: It has opened my eyes to the Ofsted process and reassured/prepared me. It has also given me practical ideas for tackling ofsted prepartion.'
Lecturer, St Marys University College
Aims and Objectives
As a result of this workshop participants will better understand
- The 2012 Common Inspection Framework
- the Importance of evidencing high quality
- learning and assessment
- continuous improvement
- the need for robust and accurate Self Assessment, Reporting and Improvement Planning
- the relationship and importance of the SAR to the inspection process
- what data and other statistics are required for 2 day notice inspections and why
- how to evidence judgements and grading decisions if asked at inspection
- what needs to be done, when and where
- the Role of the Nominee during Inspection
and be better able to
- prepare themselves, their organisation and their staff for short notice inspection
- to evaluate and quality-assure the learning process in their provision
This workshop is split into six distinct sessions that inter-relate and build to provide clear guidance and support for those facing inspection under the 2012 Common Inspection Framework.
1. The 2012 Inspection Framework
The first session summarises the key requirements and the implications for providers of the September 2012 Common Inspection Framework:
- Key Focus, Changes and Developments
- The Increased Focus on the Quality of Teaching, Learning and assessment
- The Increased Focus on the need for Management to drive continuous improvement
- Implications for Providers prior to, during and after Inspection
2. The Inspection Time-Line
The second session explores the key time-frames and stages in the inspection process and emphasises what Providers should do
- before Inspection
- on first contact with the Lead Inspector and the team
- about the lack of a Planning Meeting
- when receiving the PIB on day one of inspection – the implications
- in reacting to the unannounced arrival of the inspection team
- about providing information and data to the inspection team
- during and after Inspection
Understanding what is required and making sure it is available
- iLPR Data
- QSR Data
- 'In Year' Data
- Additional Data likely to be requested and expected to be ready, during Inspection
4. Preparing the Base Room
There will also be detailed guidance on the base room and how to ensure that inspectors have all the key information they need, laid out in an organised and systematic manner. With the latest Inspection regime, careful preparation and relevant documentation from the provider has become even more important - having key information is readily available in the base room is essential.
5. During Inspection – avoiding the common problems
This session explores some of the common areas that frequently let providers down at Inspection and demonstrates simple-to-implement ways to avoid or overcome these pitfalls
- Staff Knowledge
- The Role of The Nominee
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.
Related Inspection Workshops
- Outcomes and Success Rate Measures for FE & Skills
- Robust Self Assessment - CIF
- Succeeding at Ofsted Inspection under the Common Inspection Framework
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