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					New inspection methodology from
September 2009

    New inspection methodology
    from September 2009
    NATSPEC conference

     Lorna Fitzjohn



     May 2009
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 Background


            Inspection cycle ends August 2009
            New inspection arrangements September
             2009
            New Common Inspection Framework
             September 2009
            Consultation on proposal November 2008
             to January 2009
            Pilot inspections



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     1. Consultation




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Consultation responses

            200 online and 175 face to face responses
            formal meetings, conferences, seminars, discussion and
             focus groups – NLP, AoC, ALP
            12 out of 17 questions received favourably with 55% to
             90% respondents registering support
            5 questions received less than 50% support – limiting
             grades, sector subject area grading, notice periods
            no questions received a clear majority of negative responses




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 Respondents

                                                             learner
                                       nextstep contractor
                                            employer
                             local authority
                                   school
                  independent specialist
                         college

                                                                          college




                                  other




                                                   independent learning
                                                         provider


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 Positive responses


            range of indicators to select colleges for inspection (incl.FfE)
            4/6 year inspection gap for satisfactory/high performing colleges
            published health checks
            focus on different groups of learners
            range of activities to gather views of learners
            range of activities used to inspect colleges approach to user
             engagement
            increased focus on capacity to improve
            single inspection events
            recommendations
            summary report for learners and employers

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     2. Pilot inspections




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Pilot inspections
            12 pilot inspections November to January
            a local authority, 2 independent learning providers, an
             employer based provider, 3 GFE colleges, a sixth form
             college, 2 independent specialist colleges, 2 nextstep
             contractors
            focused monitoring visits and full inspections
            confidential to team and provider
            ADM, HMI and Additional Inspector teams
            evaluation –visits, questionnaires, evaluation conference
            six further pilot inspections

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What went well

            positive feedback from colleges and providers
            more observations/drop-ins in teaching and learning
             sessions
            the collection of learner views
            three week notice period for work based learning and
             nextstep
            more opportunity for inspectors to plan and adjust schedule
            new Common Inspection Framework



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Could work better

           adjusting to less preparation by the college/ provider
           colleges adjusting to inspectors planning own time
           some key meetings need to be in place early in inspection
           collecting employers views
           one week notice for colleges with employer based provision




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     3. What next?




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Current practices that will continue


           the use of the same four-point grading scale
           a strong focus on self-assessment and the engagement of a
            nominee in the inspection process
           high priority being given to achievement and standards
           those providers judged to be inadequate being subject to a
            full or partial reinspection and monitoring visit
           preinspection planning
           preinspection briefing



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 Types of inspection

           health check
           full inspection
           focused monitoring visit
           reinspection monitoring visit
           full reinspection
           partial reinspection
           survey report visit




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New Common Inspection Framework
2009
           a strengthened approach to judging capacity to improve, in
            recognition of the drive for self regulation
           a greater focus on how colleges and providers meet users' needs
           a greater focus on learning through teaching, training and
            assessment
           grades for equality and diversity, safeguarding and value for
            money that will contribute to the judgement on leadership and
            management
           more emphasis on Every Child Matters as outcomes, where
            appropriate
           an increased focus on the progress made by different groups of
            learners
           the introduction of limiting judgements that will affect the
            maximum grade which can be achieved for some aspects –
            safeguarding, equality and diversity and capacity to improve

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Structure of grades

                                                   Overall effectiveness



                                                  Capacity to improve*




        Outcomes for learners                     Quality of provision             Leadership and management


                                          Teaching, learning and assessment           Ambition and prioritisation
         Enjoy and achieve

   Achieve economic and social               Meeting needs and interests of                Safeguarding*
           well-being                                   users
                                                                                       Equality and diversity*
              Stay safe                                Partnerships
                                                                                         User engagement
             Be healthy
                                                Care, guidance and support                Self-assessment
      Make a positive contribution
                                                                                          Value for money
             Main grades

           Contributory grades denoted by a grade descriptor in the report and a
           grade on the RMF
  *     These grades may limit the overall effectiveness grade
Proposed changes in brief – before inspection

           annual selection of providers for inspection including:
                  success rates for a range of qualifications and frameworks
                  outcomes from the Framework for Excellence,
                  progress data
                  trend data over the last three years
                  how long the provider has been established
                  any significant changes to the type of provision and learner
                   numbers

           satisfactory colleges inspection at least every four years.
           high-performing providers may have up to six years between
            inspections.
           published health check within three years after an inspection for
            high performing providers
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 Proposed changes in brief - before inspection

           minimal provision of documentation for inspectors
           two to three weeks notice of inspection
           possibility of unannounced inspections
           detailed handbook and guidance on the new methodology.
           a requirement for providers to inform all their users of the
            inspection.
           either a telephone call or a visit to plan the inspection.




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Proposed changes in brief – during inspection

           significant increase in the involvement of learners and other users
            in inspections.
           a greater focus on evaluating the quality of teaching, learning and
            assessment across the full range of a college’s provision.
           interviews with key managers.
           sector subject area grades on all full inspections
           common set of judgements, evaluative statements and
            descriptors across the post 16 sector
           differentiating judgements across funding streams
           single inspection events, where appropriate


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   After inspection



           a revised report structure that is common to all reports on
            FE and skills system providers and includes
            recommendations.
           report for learners and employers
           report publication on our website within 25 working days
            after the inspection




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    Looking forward

       consultation evaluation report May 2009
       final pilot inspections April/May2009
       new handbook June 2009
       booklet explaining changes
       articles in Talisman, Ofsted news
       HMI and AI training June/July2009
       new methodology launch September 2009




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