Ofsted Common Inspection Framework 2012 update


On September 1 2012, Ofsted started inspecting with a revised Common Inspection Framework and methodology. The republished handbook for further education and skills 2012 is in two parts. The first part explains the new methodology and the second the key criteria that inspectors must consider when making judgements in different learning and skills contexts.

Providers should also be aware of a number of key changes following the consultation:

  • The period of notice of inspection has been reduced from ‘two to      three weeks’ to ‘up to two working days.
  • All providers which were satisfactory as of 1 September 2012 will      be inspected within 2 years of September 2012.
  • If a provider inspected from September 2012 onwards receives a      grade 3 for their overall effectiveness they will deemed as ‘requires      improvement’ and receive another full inspection 12-18 months later.
  • The revised framework has an increased emphasis on teaching,      learning and assessment.

Further guidance is available on the Ofsted website including an ‘inspection ready’ form to help you prepare for short-notice inspections.


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