2021 Preparing for an Ofsted Inspection for Managers
1 Day Course

2021 Preparing for an Ofsted Inspection for Managers Training

This course has been completely updated, so that it always contains the latest information on the new 2016 inspection arrangements. It covers the Ofsted Handbook that was last updated in August 2018 and came into effect on 30 August 2018.

This one-day workshop provides guidance on ways managers in providers can best be prepared to present their organisation or department to best effect to inspectors, despite the short lead time. This course will provide clear guidance on the latest changes and will help you to prepare for inspections throughout 2018/19. Providers should consider very clearly how they will approach their next inspection. Poor performance at inspection can have disastrous consequences for contract renewal and business growth. All Providers, especially those anticipating an inspection in the near future, need therefore to think carefully about how they will maintain or improve their grades.

Changes include a much greater emphasis on more frequent, shorter inspections. Is the quality of provision being sustained? What is the capacity of leaders to drive improvement? Self evaluation and development plans; the curriculum delivery and safeguarding.

The workshop also provides a clear indication what FE & Skills Providers need to do, to be fully prepared for their next inspection.

This workshop has been totally updated to include the 2018 Ofsted Handbook that was last updated in August 2018 and came into effect on 30 August 2018. The 2015 CIF that was last updated on 28 August 2015 is still the latest current version.

  • Delegate Feedback

    ‘Very informative with very useful handouts and ideas to take back and practical.’
    Quality Manager, Leeds City Council

    ‘This was an extremely useful session, which highlighted useful pointers to prepare for new inspection. The deliverer was extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic and was very personable. Thank you.’
    Head of F/S & LS, Chesterfield College

    ‘Excellent overview of how to prepare, not just for inspection, but how to improve the whole provision.’
    Quality Assurance Manager, Training for Travel

    ‘Very detailed workshop about what to expect when notified of inspection. Excellent facilitator, encouraging wide ranging discussions.’
    Business Improvement Director, JHP Group

    ‘I would highly recommend it: It has opened my eyes to the Ofsted process and reassured/prepared me. It has also given me practical ideas for tackling Ofsted preparation.’
    Lecturer, St Mary’s University College

  • For Whom

    This intensive one-day workshop will be of interest to managers and quality specialists from all organisations, subject to inspection under the Common Inspection Framework for Further Education and Skills. It may also be of interest to managers from sub-contracting organisations, which may be subject to inspection in their own right, whether they have an EEFA/SFAS contract or not. The workshop will be of specific interest to those organisations involved with Study Programme, Apprenticeships, Adult provision or Traineeships. It is not intended as an alternative to the Nominee course.

    It is not intended for staff from schools or academies, which are subject to Section 5 inspections. Nor is it intended for safeguarding specialists.

  • Aims and Objectives

    As a result of this workshop participants will better able to understand

    • The interpretation and significance of Ofsted focus from 2018 and the implementation of the Ofsted Handbookthat was last updated in August 2018 and effective from 30 August 2018
    • The 2015 Common Inspection Framework as applied in 2018/19
    • The Importance of evidencing high quality
        • teaching learning and assessment
        • good or better outcomes
        • continuous improvement across all the provision
        • robust and effective Leadership, Management and Governance
        • 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 short notice or a full inspection
    • To evaluate and quality-assure the learning process in their provision
  • Course Leaders

    The Chief Course Leader is an Ofsted Inspector who was selected to continue to inspect with Ofsted after its September 2015 “cull” and is inspecting through 2018/19. He has personally taken part in hundreds of Ofsted inspections and is acknowledged as a leading authority within the Ofsted community. He is also the recent Chair of a College Governing Body and was the Chief Executive of one of the largest UK specialist Training Providers. He is an excellent communicator, with a wealth of practical experience and outstanding theoretical knowledge at his fingertips.

    All of our Course Leaders are highly experienced and currently carry out work as Ofsted Inspectors. They have significant experience of the current Ofsted inspection arrangements and have completed a significant number of college, provider and adult inspections, both short and long.

  • Content

    This workshop is split into six distinct sessions that inter-relate and build to provide clear guidance and support for those facing inspection in 2018/19 as implemented under the latest 2018 Ofsted Handbook and the still valid 2015 Common Inspection Framework.

    1. The Common Inspection Framework and the Ofsted Handbook, that was last updated in August 2018 and came into effect on 30 August 2018
    The first session summarises the key requirements and the implications for providers under the 2018 Ofsted Handbook and the 2015 Common Inspection Framework:

    • Key Focus, Changes and Developments
    • The Increased focus on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment
    • The Increased focus on the need for management to drive continuous improvement
    • Information required of providers prior to, during and after Inspection

    2.  The Inspection Time-Line
    The second session explores the key time-frames and stages in the inspection process and emphasises what Providers should do

    • Before Inspection
    • On first contact with the Lead Inspector and the team
    • About the Planning Meeting
    • Upon receiving the briefing letter – the implications
    • In reacting to the arrival of the inspection team
    • About providing information and data to the inspection team
    • During and after Inspection

    Understanding what is required and making sure it is available

    • iLPR  Data
    • QSR Data
    • ‘In Year’ Data
    • Your data (if RARPA programmes)
    • Additional Data likely to be requested and expected to be ready, during Inspection

    4. Preparing your curriculum “base room”
    There will also be detailed guidance on the base room and how to ensure that inspectors have all the key information they need, laid out in an organised and systematic manner. With the latest Inspection regime, careful preparation and relevant documentation from the provider has become even more important – having key information that is readily available (not necessarily in the base room) is essential.

    5.   During Inspection – avoiding the common problems
    This session explores some of the common areas that frequently let providers down at Inspection and demonstrates simple-to-implement ways to avoid, or to overcome these pitfalls

    • Evidence
    • Staff Knowledge
    • The Role of The managers
    • Health and safety
    • Housekeeping
    • Documents and learners work
  • Internal Staff Training and Development

    This training workshop, along with most of our other best practice training workshops, can be delivered as an internal training course at your premises. Even with groups as small as 6-8 delegates, the course fees per person for internal training workshops can be lower than for open events. The potential savings are even greater, if the travel time and the travel costs of the delegates are included.

    Running training workshops internally is very convenient and it allows the participants to explore how key issues will impact on them and their organization. Then as a team they can begin to agree upon a development action plan, with priorities. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it combines a high quality service with excellent value for money and is a highly effective route for staff development.

  • Certificates of Professional Development

    This course is recognised for CPD purposes by most professional institutes and associations including the Law Society, the CIM, the CMI, the ICAEW, the Institute of Learning and the CIPD. Formal Certificates of Professional Development will be issued by email to participants who successfully complete this course. These certificates will enable participants to evidence the update of their CPD records. The workshop will consider how to best apply the knowledge gained by the delegates upon their return to the workplace. This element of the programme is designed to maximise the benefits of attending and enable participants to make valued judgments when recording CPD activities