27 July 2018

Ofsted Inspection for training providers

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect and regulate services taking care of children and young people, and also services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.


How further education and skills providers will be inspected.

Before any inspection Ofsted will select providers by using a large range of indicators such as performance data, change of leaders, self-assessment reports…

There are several types of inspections:

  • Full inspection
  • Short inspection
  • Survey visits
  • Monitoring visits
  • Pilot inspection

Inspectors of the Ofsted inspection will spend most of their time gathering evidence both on and off-site, but also through a meticulous observation of the teaching, learning and assessment quality.

At the end of the inspection, the lead inspector will provide to Ofsted a report including the final judgement and a detailed feedback.

This inspection is essentially responding to the question: Is the provider continuing to be a good provider? Is safeguarding effective?

There could be 3 answers to this question:

  • Yes, the provider remains a good provider.
  • Yes, the provider may be outstanding. Involving that the lead stays on and Ofsted will probably deploys further inspectors.
  • Insufficient evidence about effectiveness/ safeguarding. Meaning a full inspection will follow and further inspectors will be deployed.


The outcome of an Ofsted inspection can decide whether or not you stay a publicly funded training organisation and it can also influence your reputation.


For more information on further education and skills inspection click here so you can have a look on its handbook.

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