What does the brand new schooling inspection framework imply for additional schooling and abilities suppliers?

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Ofsted’s Deputy Director for Additional Schooling and Abilities, Paul Joyce, talks about what our new schooling inspection framework (EIF) means for additional schooling and abilities suppliers.

As most of you’ll be conscious, we launched our new EIF on 1 September. Due to all of you who took time to reply to our session, which was effectively acquired and helped us to substantiate our proposals or modify them as vital.

The brand new framework is a refocusing of inspection, relatively than a radical change. In lots of respects, our inspections will really feel much like what went earlier than. Nevertheless, our better concentrate on the ‘high quality of schooling’ will assist us to evaluate extra securely whether or not learners in additional schooling and abilities suppliers are receiving high-quality schooling or coaching that places them on a path to future success.

Our new handbook summarises what additional schooling and abilities suppliers ought to anticipate and what’s going to occur throughout an inspection. You may also discover our introduction to additional schooling and abilities inspections useful.

What’s going to this imply in apply?

Inspectors shall be spending much less time efficiency knowledge, and extra time contemplating how suppliers are ensuring their learners are creating the information, abilities and behaviours required to permit them to efficiently progress and obtain.

We’ll be trying on the substance of the schooling or coaching on provide: the curriculum, the design and the content material of studying programmes. In essence, we’ll take a look at what learners are being taught, and the way effectively they’re being taught it. Managers and employees in suppliers shall be requested to clarify why and the way they ship the schooling and coaching programmes supplied.

I do know the phrase ‘curriculum’ means various things to totally different suppliers, however it may be utilized to any coaching, schooling or studying programme. It’s all about ensuring it’s structured and sequenced in a logical means that permits college students to be taught, by mastering the fundamentals, then buying extra detailed information and abilities that depend on that underpinning data.

We wish to see suppliers creating the information, abilities and behaviours that learners have to progress and obtain. How are they including worth to learners’ development or employment prospects? That is about rewarding suppliers which can be doing the suitable factor by their college students.

Clearer, shorter experiences

Now that our first experiences have been revealed, you’ll have seen that they’re shorter and clearer. In addition to giving an unbiased view of how a university or coaching supplier is performing and offering an summary of the programs supplied, they offer an actual flavour of what it’s prefer to go to a specific supplier.

We wish to be a helpful supply of details about suppliers of additional schooling and abilities coaching, and to present employers, learners and fogeys the data they should make an knowledgeable resolution about the place to check or which supplier to make use of. Our new experiences will make it simpler to know strengths of every supplier, areas the place they’ll enhance, and what makes a supplier distinctive.

Employer View/Learner View

We’ve additionally made some modifications to Employer View and Learner View, the surveys we use to collect suggestions a couple of supplier.

We wish to make it simple for employers, learners, and for folks/carers the place applicable, to present us their suggestions to tell our inspection judgements. These views type an vital a part of the proof that inspectors acquire and can be utilized to assist suppliers to enhance.

We’ve refreshed our Learner View and Employer View surveys in step with our new framework. We anticipate all suppliers to make these on-line surveys, in addition to a employees survey, out there as soon as they’ve acquired the hyperlinks within the inspection notification letter shortly earlier than the inspection.

And at last…

I’m actually happy with how our new inspections are going. Suggestions from suppliers and inspectors has been very optimistic. I want to take this chance to thank once more all suppliers that had been concerned in our piloting exercise. You’ve helped to make it possible for our new framework meets the wants of the additional schooling and abilities sector and that Ofsted continues to be a drive for enchancment by means of clever, accountable and centered inspection

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