Robust Self Assessment

The rigour of the Self-Assessment process still plays a key part during Ofsted Inspection

For example:

  • Is it considered robust and reliable?
  • Does it take account of the views of learners, employers and other stakeholders?
  • Is it accurate and used to bring about secure, sustained improvements?

Consequently, all providers need to ensure their SAR and QIP remain current. SARs and/or QIPs that are old, weak and/or out of date can influence Ofsted decisions. Firstly, in their risk assessment of the provision, which may bring inspection forward and secondly during inspection, where any weakness reflect, adversely, in the grade awarded under the “Effectiveness of Leadership and Management”

For maximum effect the SAR needs to reflect the latest inspection framework, focus on robust judgments and evidence clearly continued improvement across all the provision including any that is subcontracted out It is also wise to adopt a layout and style that mimics what inspectors are used to and expect to see.

This one-day course explores the tools and approaches needed self-assessment to make self-assessment robust and matched to the latest Common Inspection Framework. In doing so it helps participants to understand what is needed from them in terms of effective self-assessment.

For Whom
This workshop is suitable for those looking gain advice and guidance on improving the quality of their self-assessment and reporting documents and/or meeting the demands of the latest inspection framework.

The workshop is also suited to those who have, or who are likely to have, responsibility for managing, updating and/or contributing to the SAR and QIP. This includes those tasked with training staff on the latest requirements for self-assessment and for those evaluating the quality of SARs/QIPs either internally or within third party organisations.

Aims and Objectives
This workshop helps participants understand better:
• The Key content of the latest Common Inspection Framework
• Ofsted’s latest approach to inspection
• Expected requirements in terms of Self-Assessment and reporting
• Key ingredients for effective Self-Assessment and reporting
• The Importance of underpinning/supporting evidence
• Benchmarking and Grading to the latest Ofsted Grading Structure
• The Importance of and ways to involve Staff, Learners & Employers
• Ways to translate the SAR into continued improvement
• Ways to link the SAR to an effective Quality Improvement plan

This workshop is split into 8 distinct knowledge sessions that inter-relate and build to provide clear guidance and support for those writing and/or evaluating the quality of SARs.

1. Introduction
• The rationale behind self-assessment and quality improvement planning
• The key stages of self-assessment
• The quality calendar
• Bottom-up or top-down?

2. The 2015 Common Inspection Framework and the FES Inspection handbook
• Review of the 27 Criterion in the new Common Inspection Framework 2015
• Impact of the 47 FES criteria within the Inspection handbook 2015
o Current Ofsted thinking and rationale
o Types of Provision v. Sector Subject Areas.
• An Executive summary

3. Effectiveness of leadership and management
• Implications for providers
• Gathering evidence
• Bench marking performance

4. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment
• Implications for providers
• Gathering evidence
• Bench marking performance

5. Personal development, behaviour and welfare
• Implications for providers
• Gathering evidence
• Bench marking performance

6. Outcomes for learners/pupils/students
• Implications for providers
• Gathering evidence
• Bench marking performance

7. Overall effectiveness
• Drawing evidence together
• Rationale conclusions from four Key Judgements (KJs)
• Using professional judgements

8. Next steps and action planning
• Writing the SAR
• Layout and Presentation
• Sample template review
• The quality calendar: How has it changed?
• Linking to a quality improvement plan