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Ofsted update: Good Training providers inspected since Sept 2015 will be inspected every 5 years

Ofsted update: Good Training providers inspected since Sept 2015 will be inspected every 5 years

Providers judged outstanding

Providers judged outstanding at their most recent inspection are not normally subject to routine inspection. However, an outstanding provider may receive a full inspection where its performance declines or there is another compelling reason, such as potential safeguarding issues. An outstanding provider may also be inspected as part of Ofsted’s survey work, or through a monitoring visit.

Providers judged good

Providers judged good for overall effectiveness at their most recent inspection will usually be inspected within five years of their last inspection.This will normally be a short inspection but may be a full inspection where information suggests that this is the most appropriate course of action, for example if the provider’s performance has declined. For more information, see the section on short inspections (paragraphs 114 to 148). A good provider may also be inspected as part of Ofsted’s survey work, or through a monitoring visit.

This will follow all existing good providers being inspected within the three years from September 2015.

Providers judged to require improvement

A provider judged to require improvement at their most recent inspection will normally have a full re-inspection within 12 to 24 months of its previous inspection. These providers will be subject to a monitoring visit before the full re-inspection.

Providers judged inadequate

Ofsted will monitor providers judged as inadequate and re-inspect them within 15 months of publication of their last full inspection report.813. A provider judged inadequate will usually have its first monitoring visit soon after the publication date of the report of its most recent full inspection. Further visits may take place after the first monitoring visit and before the re inspection.

New providers

Where a provider comes into the scope of Ofsted inspection, for example when a provider gains a new contract with, or grant or loans facility from, the Secretary of State for Education, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) or predecessor funding agencies or because of funding through the apprenticeship levy,11 it will normally be inspected within three years of thestart of the contract or grant or drawing down of funding.

A newly merged college will normally be inspected as a new provider within three years of the merger. This will normally be a full inspection. For inspection purposes, regardless of the type of merger, all merged colleges will be viewed as ‘new’ colleges.  A newly merged college will not carry forward any inspection grades from predecessor colleges. It will have no inspection grade until after the first full inspection.

Sixteen to 19 academies/free schools that are re-brokered for performance reasons and are thus being treated as a new 16 to 19 academy will be treated from the point of re-brokerage as a new provider for the purposes of inspection.

Any newly merged college or other provider deemed as a new provider may receive a monitoring visit to assess risk. Risk concerns arising from this or other sources may lead to an earlier full inspection.


Further education and skills inspection handbook

Further education and skills inspection handbook

MS Word Document, 881KB

Ofsted inspections: myths


This handbook describes the main activities Ofsted inspectors undertake when they inspect further education and skills providers. It sets out the main judgements that inspectors will report on.

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.

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