Succeeding at Ofsted Inspection under the Common Inspection Framework

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.


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This workshop has been superceded by Preparing for an Ofsted Inspection for Managers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.

For Whom

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.

Delegate Feedback

'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

and be better able to


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:

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

3. Data
Understanding what is required and making sure it is available

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

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