Paul Joyce, our Deputy Director for Additional Training and Abilities (FES), on the modifications we’ve got made to our FES handbook.
In the present day, we revealed our up to date schooling inspection framework (EIF) handbooks. We needed to provide schools and different suppliers time to soak up the modifications as we begin our gradual return to routine inspection.
New supplier monitoring visits (NPMVs) will proceed all through the summer season time period. We’ll additionally proceed to hold out emergency monitoring visits or full inspections of suppliers the place we’ve got severe considerations.
From 4 Could, we’ll even be resuming our monitoring visits to requires enchancment and insufficient suppliers. Full EIF inspections of recent suppliers which have had an NPMV can even start in the summertime time period.
We are going to primarily perform inspections on web site, however we could perform some elements by way of video or phone calls the place it’s extra sensible to take action. Always, we’ll ensure that inspections are carried out safely, bearing in mind the most recent public well being recommendation and provider-specific well being recommendation.
A brand new part on COVID-19 (coronavirus)
Sean Harford has set out in his handbooks replace weblog that every one of our handbooks now embody a brand new part on ‘inspection throughout the COVID-19 pandemic’. This particulars how our inspections will take account of the COVID-19 context and the affect it has had on suppliers.
For FES, the primary modifications embody:
- that, throughout the planning name, the lead inspector will ask in regards to the particular affect of COVID-19 on the supplier and learners, and the way suppliers have responded
- how we’ll have a look at how suppliers have tailored and prioritised the curriculum – together with figuring out and responding to studying gaps. We’ll additionally discover how suppliers have applied distant studying. We recognise that suppliers could not have been capable of ship the curriculum as they’d often
- how inspectors will take into account out there externally revealed knowledge all through the inspection, however can be conscious of the age of this knowledge
Degree 6/7 apprenticeship provision
Ofsted is now accountable for the inspection of apprenticeship coaching at ranges 6 and seven (each diploma and non-degree). We’ve amended the handbook to replicate this.
I hope this weblog put up has been a useful replace. We all know this has been a troublesome yr, and that you’ve been doing all of your highest for learners in troublesome circumstances. We would like inspection to replicate this. It is essential that all of us get again to a extra regular method of working, for the good thing about all learners.