Nominee Training

Representing the provider organisation effectively

This one-day workshop provides practical and pragmatic guidance on the ways Ofsted Further Education and Skills Inspection Nominees can improve their effectiveness as the Nominee during Ofsted Inspection. It also provides guidance for other members of the provider’s management team on how they can best support the Nominee and help contribute to a successful Inspection.

Ofsted inspection places significant responsibilities on the Nominee, (the provider’s representative for the inspection period). The nominee is responsible for coordinating between the provider and Ofsted, ensuring that performance evidence, data and documents are provided to inspectors promptly and answering any questions that may arise. They also play a key role in discussion about and around the quality of provision and the inspectors findings, consequently it is essential that they know what inspectors are looking for, how to present the evidence to best effect and where necessary how to challenge any interpretations they consider to be incorrect.

With short notice inspections there is insufficient time for Nominees to do more than launch their pre-prepared plans, so advanced training and preparation is essential. There is no time available obtain advice, guidance or additional information nor arrange personal training once the inspection has been announced. Factor in multiple sites, the possibility of Nominees being on holiday or away from the organisation, when Inspection is notified and it makes sense to train several managers as Nominees; even though only one is recognised, officially, during each inspection.

It is essential that Nominees and their deputies are conversant with their role, duties and the latest expectations/responsibilities and ensure their organisation’s key documentation is maintained up-to-date and easily accessible at all times. Concrew Training’s one-day workshop provides this essential training.

Please note: This course is delivered by Concrew Training who 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 Inspection under the latest Common Inspection Framework. Whilst the workshop was developed to meet the needs of FE & Skills providers much of the content has relevance to other education sectors.

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

  • Understand the latest focus and requirements of Ofsted
  • What inspectors are looking for and how they evaluate performance
  • What information is required by whom and by when
  • How to prepare themselves and their organisation for inspection
  • What to challenge – when and how


  1. The Common Inspection Framework and Handbook for Inspection:
  • The Common Inspection Framework requirements
  • The Requirements of the Ofsted Inspection Handbook
  • Latest changes, amendments and updates
  1. Anticipating Ofsted Inspection themes
  • Current focus and priorities for Ofsted
  • Effectiveness of leadership and management
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • Outcomes for learners
  • Key Judgements (KJ’s) and Lines of Enquiry (LOE’s)
  1. Key Documentation
  • Key Documentation used and the importance of an accurate Self-Assessment Report
  • How to prepare and present information effectively
  1. Role of the Nominee
  • Managing the inspection
  • Command of the SAR
  • Command of data: Current and historic
  • Effective communication
  1. Pre-inspection Initial Nominee roles
  • The initial HMI telephone call
  • Action planning
  • Planning the inspection with the HMI
  • The Team Briefing letter
  • The Base Room
  • Provision type link-managers
  1. During inspection Nominee roles
  • Provision type link-managers
  • Initial inspection team meeting
  • Confirming the scope of inspection
  • Timetable of inspection
  • Team meetings
  1. Liaising with staff & coordinating feedback
  • Collaborating at feedback meetings
  • Verifying and challenging Ofsted findings:
    • emerging findings
    • emerging judgements
    • alternative supporting evidence
  • The final grading meeting
  • Accuracy checking the final report