2019 Preparing for an Ofsted Inspection for Managers

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2019 Preparing for an Ofsted Inspection for Managers
10 Jul 2019 WS8231 £299 Birmingham, City Centre Information on this event   Book for this date
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'Really useful and crammed full of good information in an accessible and inspirational way - more than met expectations' Bridget Kelly - Chief Executive, Shift Media

'Very informative session with practical advice how to prepare for inspection, from a person who knows the subject inside out' Paul Fleming - Standards and Funding Manager, Leicestershire County Council

'Excellent Refresher' Pat Dyson – College Principal, Sense

'Outstanding, a massively impactful course. Delivered in an easy to understand method' Dominic Wilkinson - Senior Education Coach, KFC

'Excellent course, very detailed answered all my questions fully' Debra Bowman – Education Manager, NAC Group

'An outstanding topic delivered by a very experienced and capable person' Prof M Jehangir – Head of Academic Department, Grafton College of Management Sciences

'A very informative course, it was extremely useful and the delivery was excellent' Adele Richards - Assistant Head of Faculty, Newcastle-Under-Lyme College

'Very informative and practical course. Very knowledgeable trainer who was good at speaking to a variety of positions' Anne Wilshin, Curriculum Manager - Northamptonshire County Council Adult Learning

'Very supportive and informative session, which will enable me to enthuse other members of the management team, about Inspection Prep!' Alison Frosdick – Senior Manager Teaching and Learning, Hammersmith & Fulham Adult Learning & Skills

'Helpful across the sector. Approachable and valuable insight into Inspection expectations' Kate Mara – Partnership Coordinator, Newman University

Maximising your readiness for an Ofsted inspection in 2019

This course has been completely updated, so that it always contains the latest information on the new inspection arrangements. It covers the Ofsted Handbook that was last updated on 28 February 2019 for minor clarifications and is currently in effect.

This one-day workshop provides guidance on ways managers in providers can best be prepared to present their organisation or department to best effect to inspectors, despite the short lead time.  This course will provide clear guidance on the latest changes and will help you to prepare for inspections throughout 2019/20. Providers should consider very clearly how they will approach their next inspection. Poor performance at inspection can have disastrous consequences for contract renewal and business growth. All Providers, especially those anticipating an inspection in the near future, need therefore to think carefully about how they will maintain or improve their grades.

Changes include a much greater emphasis on more frequent, shorter inspections.  Is the quality of provision being sustained?  What is the capacity of leaders to drive improvement?  Self evaluation and development plans; the curriculum delivery and safeguarding.

The workshop also provides a clear indication what FE & Skills Providers need to do, to be fully prepared for their next inspection.

This workshop has been totally updated to include the 28 February 2019 This course has been completely updated, so that it always contains the latest information on the latest inspection arrangements. It covers the Ofsted Handbook that came into effect in November 2018, as well as the updates for minor clarifications on 28 February 2019, these were effective immediately.

The 2015 CIF, that was last updated on 28 August 2015, is still the latest current version, however the new Education Inspection Framework, EIF, is expected to be implemented September 2019. This EIF is undergoing a consultation process until 5 April 2019. The course has already been amended to reflect the known changes arising from the EIF and will be further amended as more information becomes known.

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 and Skills.  It may also be of interest to managers from sub-contracting organisations, which may be subject to inspection in their own right, whether they have an EEFA/SFAS contract or not. The workshop will be of specific interest to those organisations involved with Study Programme, Apprenticeships, Adult provision or Traineeships.  It is not intended as an alternative to the Nominee course.

It is not intended for staff from schools or academies, which are subject to Section 5 inspections. Nor is it intended for safeguarding specialists.

Aims and Objectives

As a result of this workshop participants will better able to understand

and be better able to

Course Leaders

The Chief Course Leader is an Ofsted Inspector who was selected to continue to inspect with Ofsted after its September 2015 "cull" and is inspecting through 2018/19. He has personally taken part in hundreds of Ofsted inspections and is acknowledged as a leading authority within the Ofsted community. He is also the recent Chair of a College Governing Body and was the Chief Executive of one of the largest UK specialist Training Providers. He is an excellent communicator, with a wealth of practical experience and outstanding theoretical knowledge at his fingertips.

All of our Course Leaders are highly experienced and currently carry out work as Ofsted Inspectors. They have significant experience of the current Ofsted inspection arrangements and have completed a significant number of college, provider and adult inspections, both short and long.

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 knowledgeable 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 preparation.'
Lecturer, St Mary's University College


This workshop is split into six distinct sessions that inter-relate and build to provide clear guidance and support for those facing inspection in 2018/19 as implemented under the latest 2018 Ofsted Handbook and the still valid 2015 Common Inspection Framework.

1. The Common Inspection Framework and the latest Ofsted Handbook. It covers the Ofsted Handbook that was last updated on 28 February 2019 for minor clarifications and is currently in effect.
The first session summarises the key requirements and the implications for providers under the 2019 Ofsted Handbook and the 2015 Common Inspection Framework, as well as forthcoming EIF:

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

Understanding what is required and making sure it is available

4. Preparing your curriculum “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 that is readily available (not necessarily 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 to 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