An Ofsted inspection can be a very stressful experience for organisations and their staff. It is important to be as prepared as possible and ensure your staff know what to expect under the Ofsted Education Inspection Framework. Working to the Evaluation Schedule our consultants will review all aspects of the inspection or focus on the areas your organisation has identified as areas of concern.

Whether you require a focus on a specific area of provision or a whole organisational approach, our consultants are here to support you as critical friends.

We will help you to prepare for your monitoring visit or your full inspection and assist you with your Quality Improvement Plan.

Our consultants have all been Ofsted Inspectors previously, they have expertise in:

  • Effectiveness of leadership and management
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • Outcomes for learners
  • 16 to 19 study programmes
  • Adult learning programmes
  • Apprenticeships – particularly implementing the new standards and preparing apprentices for their End Point Assessment (EPA).
  • Safeguarding
  • SAR and QIP development

How does it work?

Prior to our planned quality audit (mock inspection) we will discuss your requirements and any specific areas of concern you may have. Our consultants will carry out lesson observations, dual observations with members of your observer team, meetings with staff and students, interview curriculum leads, safeguarding leads and your Ofsted nominee.

We will find out about your delivery models, key data, progress tracking, online portfolios, safeguarding, analysis of how staff are preparing apprentices for their EPAs etc.

We will interview your Ofsted nominee, safeguarding nominee and a governor/s to enable them to experience the process and gain valuable feedback and reflection.

We will also review your current Self Assessment Report and Quality Improvement Plan and ‘test’ whether this is an accurate picture of your organisation. On the final day, there will feedback, evaluation and reflection with recommendations and action planning with yourselves to provide clear next steps for your provision.

Our consultants can help to prepare your organisation for its Ofsted full inspection or monitoring visit; we have expertise in:

  • FE Colleges
  • Private Training Providers
  • Employer Apprenticeship Providers
  • Adult Community Colleges

At the end of the quality audit/ mock inspection, we will give verbal feedback and this will be followed up with a written report detailing our findings and proposed areas for development.

Quality Audits can be either face to face or carried out remotely.

Following our visit we can continue to work your organisation with ongoing consultancy services, if required.

Please contact us with any questions you may have

‘We have had an amazing experience with Best for training. We have used them previously for EPA training which was incredible and this time we consulted with them on our SAR and QIP. We have found the team at best for training incredibly professional, knowledgeable and focussed. They were patient, thoughtful and insightful, and provided us an incredible ‘deep dive’ experience which we really valued. We see our relationship with Best for training as a vital partnership for our organisation on an ongoing basis. We have already booked CPD for staff for the coming year with them and will continue to undertake consultation annually to help us meet our strategic and operational goals’ Paul Rees 2021

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