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OFSTED: Inspection Handbook to be used from 2nd Jan 2018

OFSTED: Inspection Handbook to be used from 2nd Jan 2018

Details

This handbook describes the main activities inspectors undertake when they conduct inspections of further education and skills providers in England underPart 8 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006. 

It also sets out the judgements that inspectors will make and on which they will report.2. The handbook has two parts:

 Part 1. How further education and skills providers will be inspected.This contains information about the processes before, during and after the inspection.

 Part 2. The evaluation schedule.This contains the evaluation criteria inspectors use to judge the quality andstandards of further education and skills providers and indicates the main types of evidence used.

3. This handbook is a guide for inspectors on how to carry out inspections off urther education and skills providers. It is also available to providers and other organisations to make sure that they are informed about inspection processes and procedures. 

inspectors will exercise their professional judgement when using this handbook. It balances the need for consistent inspections with the flexibility needed to respond to each provider’s individual circumstances. 

This handbook applies to inspections from 1 September 2015 under the new‘Common inspection framework: education, skills and early years’ (the CIF).

Types of providers subject to inspection

4. Under the Education and Inspections Act 2006 and this handbook, Ofsted inspects the following providers:

 further education colleges, sixth-form colleges and independent specialist colleges

 dance and drama colleges

 independent learning providers

 local authority providers

 specialist designated 

 not-for-profit organisations

It can also be used by providers and other organisations to inform themselves about inspection processes and procedures.

The handbook is to be used alongside the ‘Common inspection framework: education, skills and early years’.

The mythbuster document sets out facts about Ofsted’s requirements and dispels myths that can result in unnecessary workloads in colleges.

Guidance on how further education and skills providers are inspected under the common inspection framework.

Documents

Further education and skills inspection handbook for use from 2 January 2018

PDF, 1.03MB, 72 pages

Further education and skills inspection handbook for use from 2 January 2018

MS Word Document, 875KB

Ofsted inspections: myths


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