News story: Future of education inspection: regional launch events

From September 2015, Ofsted is making far-reaching changes to the way we inspect schools, further education and skills (FES) and early years provision. To give education leaders and practitioners from these sectors an opportunity to learn more about the changes Ofsted are holding a series of eight regional events during June and July. The events will cover:

  • the new Common Inspection Framework and how it will impact on settings on the Early Years Register, maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools and further education and skills providers
  • our new frequent, shorter inspections for maintained schools, academies and FES providers judged good at their last full inspection

Each launch event will outline the changes before breaking in to remit-specific briefings to provide further information, review the new inspection arrangements, and provide an opportunity to ask questions. We will also share good practice materials to help prepare for short inspections of good schools and FES providers.

Click on the links below to register:

These half-day events are free to attend and spaces are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

Registration will close on 15 May 2015.

Spaces are limited to 2 delegates per provider/setting/organisation to enable as many groups to attend as possible. If you would like additional tickets, please email us at inspectionreform@ofsted.gov.uk and we will contact you if spaces become available.

Further information on the future of education inspection

The main changes from September

We are introducing a single Common Inspection Framework (CIF) for maintained schools and academies, further education and skills providers, registered early years settings and non-association independent schools. This enables settings to be inspected to an equal set of standards and will ensure consistency and an improved ability to compare different types of provision. Inspectors will make 4 graded judgements on the same areas across all remits:

  • effectiveness of leadership and management
  • quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • outcomes for children and learners

There will be a greater emphasis on safeguarding, the quality of early learning, the breadth of the curriculum in schools and the relevance of courses and training in FES.

We will deliver frequent, shorter inspections for schools, academies and FES providers judged good at their last inspection. These will take place approximately every 3 years and will provide an opportunity for greater professional dialogue between inspectors and leaders. They will focus on whether the quality of the provision is being sustained and leaders have the capacity to drive improvement. These inspections will allow Ofsted to identify decline early. They will also give schools and providers which are improving the opportunity to demonstrate this improvement to Ofsted sooner.

We will set a new baseline by inspecting all non-association independent schools under the new CIF and against the revised independent school standards within the next 3 years.

We’re also taking steps to improve how we inspect. From September 2015, we’ll contract directly with inspectors for schools, non-association independent schools and further education and skills and we will also increase the number of current practitioners on our inspections teams. This will enable us to have the necessary quality, control and flexibility in our workforce to deliver our reforms and give education professionals who choose to become Ofsted Inspectors the opportunity for peer review, continuous professional development, training and experience of inspection.

We believe that these changes to the way we inspect and to our inspection workforce will drive even greater consistency, quality and impact in our inspection.

For further information about the changes to inspection, please read: Better inspection for all: A report of the responses to the public consultation.

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