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College groups could face more Ofsted inspections

Large college groups could be subjected to multiple inspections for the first time under new plans being considered by Ofsted to monitor FE provision in the aftermath of the area reviews. The series of college mergers expected to result from the ongoing waves of reviews across the country are likely to mean a smaller number […]

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Short inspections: 10 things you need to know

Last month’s blog mentioned our survey on how well school teachers were informed about the September inspection arrangements. There’s still a fair bit of speculation on the short (section 8) inspections for good schools/providers. At events I attend, and also on Twitter, a few themes keep cropping up, so, I’ve put together 10 points below […]

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First issue of ‘Further education and skills inspection update’ published

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/first-issue-of-further-education-and-skills-inspection-update-published From:OfstedFirst published: 2 October 2015 This newsletter will be used to communicate key messages to inspectors and providers and will be published 3 times a year. Further education and skills engineering trainers This edition has a message from Sean Harford, National Director, Education about the new inspection arrangements for September 2015.

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Speech at the Future of Education Inspection launch – Speeches – GOV.UK

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/speech-at-the-future-of-education-inspection-launch Speech at the Future of Education Inspection launch – Speeches – GOV.UK Good afternoon everyone. Welcome to the first in a series of events we are holding across the country to share more details of the important changes to inspection that will come into effect in September. First of all, can I apologise if […]

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‘Ofsted should stop treating colleges like big schools with apprenticeships added on’

https://www.tes.co.uk/news/further-education/breaking-views/‘ofsted-should-stop-treating-colleges-big-schools ‘Ofsted should stop treating colleges like big schools with apprenticeships added on’ It will be extremely interesting to see how the forthcoming Ofsted Common Inspection Framework is received in both theory and practice. A framework that unifies how schools and colleges are judged sounds fair and equitable on the surface but, of course, the […]

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Annual Ofsted report takeaways

http://www.fenews.co.uk/fe-news/annual-ofsted-report-takeaways Thursday, 11 December 2014 13:47 Ofsted released its annual report yesterday, showing more FE colleges are achieving ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ as well as a continued improvement in the delivery of skills by independent training providers. However, the Chief Inspector also called for greater engagement with employers, particularly with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The […]

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The 157 Group responds to Ofsted report on study programmes | 157 Group

The 157 Group has responded to the publication today of Ofsted’s survey of the implementation of study programmes for 16 to 18 year-olds. Lynne Sedgmore CBE, executive director of the 157 Group, said, “Coming, as this survey does, less than one year into the implementation of the most radical reform to 16-19 education for many […]

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15 minutes notice of inspection! –

With all the media coverage of Birmingham schools and Sir Michael Wilshaw’s comments reflected by announcements by Michael Gove, we can expect the possibility of unannounced inspections in colleges. Inspection can, in fact, already happen at any time and with less than two days’ notice if there is potential danger to vulnerable students. https://www.aoc.co.uk/publications

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We must take a bold step to change the use of lesson observations in FE

There is little doubt about what staff working in further education feel about lesson observations. The “snapshot” graded observations aren’t seen as a valid or reliable basis for judging the professional capabilities of teachers. http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/jun/12/change-use-lesson-observations-further-education

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