The Inspection Ready Nominee

Maintaining Readiness For Inspection

With the current short notice inspection regime, the providers’ Inspection Nominee can do little more than launch a well-prepared, pre-developed plan once they receive notification of inspection. With a maximum of 48 hours notice, there is barely time to brief staff on what is happening and refresh their memories of how they can contribute most effectively.

One thing we can be certain of, is that much of the good practice that may have helped previous inspections to go well, will have been forgotten! Consequently, it is vitally important that the Nominee facilitates regular training, briefing and review sessions with key managers so they can assured that their plans remain current and robust; and that they are remembered when needed most.

While Ofsted only recognise one ‘official’ nominee, it is essential that campus managers, department heads and other senior managers understand the emerging messages and how best to respond to them as the inspection team moves round the various sites and departments.

Ensuring key managers are updated annually and especially, prior to any expected inspection, is crucial to success. Maintaining a current understanding of the latest requirements and good practice, helps ensure the inspection goes well and the organisation is presented to optimum effect.

Concrew Training’s one-day workshop provides this essential training. It helps Nominees, their deputies and senior managers, to remain inspection ready, despite the time lapse since the last Ofsted visit. NB: Concrew Training has no relationship with Ofsted.

For Whom
This workshop will be of interest to anyone who might act as, or support a Nominee during an Ofsted and managers that want a clear insight to inspection under the Common Inspection Framework 2015. While this workshop was developed to meet the needs of FE & Skills providers, much of the content has direct relevance for other educational sectors too.

Aims and Objectives
To help delegates understand and meet the role of the nominee, including:

  • How to prepare themselves and their organisation for inspection
  • What information is required by whom and by when
  • What to challenge – how and when
  • What inspectors are looking for
  • How inspectors evaluate evidence and key Judgements


1. Thelatest Common Inspection Framework and Handbook for Inspection:

  • The new Common Inspection Framework requirements 2015
  • The six types of Provision inspected and the status of Sector Subject Areas (SSAs)
  • The requirements of the Ofsted Inspection Handbook

2. Anticipating Ofsted inspection themes

  • Key documentation used and the importance of an accurate Self-Assessment Report
  • How to prepare and present information effectively

3.The role of staff in planning for an effective inspection

  • On first contact with the Lead Inspector and the team
  • The nominee
    • Managing the inspection
    • Command of the SAR
  • About the Planning Meeting
  • The Inspection Time-Line
  • Upon receiving the briefing letter – the implications
  • On the arrival of the inspection team
  • About providing information and data to the inspection team

4. Base room planning

  • The base room
  • Ensuring that all the key information inspectors may need is available, organised and easily accessible to them

5. The impact of leadership and management

  • The importance of culture and vision
  • British Values
  • Equality and Diversity, Safeguarding and the Prevent agenda

6. Quality of teaching, learning and assessment

  • The bigger picture: exams and progression
  • Improvement feedback
  • English, mathematics and ICT skills

7. Personal development, behaviour and welfare

  • The enhanced employability focus
  • Attendance and punctuality
  • Additional useful qualifications for learners

8. Outcomes for learners

  • Current learners’ progress
    • Learners’ skills development
  • Attainment measures and performance data
    • In-year
    • historical trends

9. Liaising with staff and coordinating feedback

  • Collaborating at feedback meetings
  • Verifying and challenging Ofsted findings
    • emerging findings
    • emerging judgements
  • The final grading meeting
  • Accuracy checking the final report