Preparing for Ofsted Inspection

For Further Education and Skills Providers

This one-day workshop provides helpful guidance on ways managers and staff can prepare and present robust evidence during inspection, helping to achieve the best grade possible. The workshop provides a clear indication what education providers need to do, to be fully prepared for their next inspection.

Whilst it is important that inspection does not impede or take managers and teachers away from their normal duties, it is equally important that all those involved in teaching understand what is required of them under the 2015 common inspection framework.

It is equally important, that staff understand what is likely to be will be expected of them during the next inspection and how their performance may be assessed. Being prepared helps to ease the burden and reduce the worry that inspection often causes. Understanding what evidence needs to be supplied, how makes the inspection process quicker and easier. Having high quality robust evidence available at short notice helps ensure grading decisions reflect the best possible position.

For Whom
This intensive one-day workshop will be of interest to Managers and Quality Specialists from Further Education and Skills providers that are subject Ofsted Inspection under the Common Inspection Framework 2015.

Whilst 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
As a result of this workshop participants will understand better
• The Common Inspection Framework post September 2015
• The Importance of evidencing:
o Robust and effective Leadership, Management and Governance
o High quality teaching learning and assessment
o Excellent personal development, behaviour and welfare
o Good or better outcomes for learners
o Continuous improvement across all the provision
o Compliance with the revised safeguarding requirements
• 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 managers during Inspection

and be better able to
• Prepare themselves, their organisation and their staff for inspection
• To evaluate and quality-assure the learning process in their provision

This workshop is split into 9 distinct sessions that inter-relate and build to provide clear guidance and support for those facing inspection under the 2015 Common Inspection Framework:

1. The new Common Inspection Framework 2015
2. Planning for an effective inspection
3. The effectiveness of leadership and management
4. Safeguarding including radicalisation and extremism
5. Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
6. Personal development, behaviour and welfare
7. Outcomes for learners, pupils and students
8. Base Room planning
9. During Inspection – avoiding the common problems

1. The new Common Inspection Framework 2015
The first session summarises the key requirements and the implications for providers of the September 2015 Common Inspection Framework: Key focus, changes and developments

2. Planning for an effective inspection
The second session explores the key time-frames and stages in the inspection process and emphasises what Providers should do and when, including:
• On first contact with the Lead Inspector and the team
• The nominee
• 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
• During and after Inspection

3. The effectiveness of leadership and management
• The importance of culture and vision
• British Values
• Equality and Diversity
• Next steps and progression destinations
• Other issues that impact on leadership and management
• Linking Leadership to organisational improvement
• Linking to Leadership to organisational priorities

4. Safeguarding, Radicalisation and Extremism
• The Single Central Record
• The role of the Designated Senior
• How well are learners kept safe?
• Addressing extremism and radicalisation
• Any other criteria of interest to delegates

5. Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
• The bigger picture: exams and progression
• Teaching and learning strategies
• Improvement feedback
• Equality and diversity
• English, mathematics and other skills
• Any other criteria of interest to delegates

6. Personal development, behaviour and welfare
• The enhanced employability focus
• Attendance and punctuality
• Any Other criteria of interest to delegates

7. Outcomes for learners
• Current learners’ progress
• Attainment measures and performance data
o In-year
o historical trends

8. Base room planning
With the latest Inspection regime, careful preparation and relevant documentation from the provider has become even more important – having key information readily available is essential.

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

9. During Inspection – avoiding the common problems
This final session explores some of the more common issues that frequently let providers down during inspection and demonstrates simple-to-implement ways to avoid, or to overcome these potential pitfalls
• Providing Robust Evidence
• Staff Knowledge
• The Role of The managers
• Health and safety
• Housekeeping
• Documents and learners work