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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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Ofsted to carry out Prevent Duty thematic review | FE Week

via Ofsted to carry out Prevent Duty thematic review | FE Week. Prevent – Radicalisation – British Values – E-Safety – Extremism Are these embedded in your college’s safeguarding policies? Prevent Duty and the revised Ofsted CIF has increased emphasis on Safeguarding – you need to be prepared! We offer bespoke in-house CPD training packages, […]

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Sir Michael Wilshaw’s views on governance matter

In his second monthly commentary, Sir Michael Wilshaw discussed the role governance plays in today’s complex educational landscape. The important points in his commentary, for me, are as below. 1. Importance of training: Sir M Wilshaw is of the opinion that people who do not have the right training and the understanding of the role […]

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Apprenticeships expansion ‘devaluing brand’ | BBC News

The push to create apprenticeships fast has devalued their brand, with low level skills such as coffee-making being accredited, Ofsted has said. Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw says some learners are not even aware they are on apprenticeship schemes. Apprenticeships, which ministers in England say are key to tackling unemployment, are sometimes covering workers’ pre-existing […]

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