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How do Ofsted reach a judgement on ‘outstanding’ in FE colleges?. Helen Groves. The picture. Chief Inspector’s Reports Main Elements of the New CIF (Sept 2012) Implications for Providers. Chief Inspector’s Report – 2011/12 & 2012/13. Increasing number of colleges judged ‘ inadequate’

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How do Ofsted reach a judgement on ‘outstanding’ in FE colleges?

Helen Groves

The picture

  • Chief Inspector’s Reports

  • Main Elements of the New CIF (Sept 2012)

  • Implications for Providers

Chief Inspector’s Report – 2011/12 & 2012/13

  • Increasing number of colleges judged ‘inadequate’


    71% of providers now good or outstanding + 7%

    25% learners in provision less than good

  • Slow progress of grade 3 providers

    – especially colleges

  • No college judged overall ‘outstanding’ for TLA

  • 2012/13 – 13 – incl 2 GFE

Literacy & numeracy standards cause for concern

- 2012/13 quality of current English & mathematics provision remains weak- FE now has clear mandate to improve these - Far too many young people from poorerbackgrounds fail to achieve in their post-16 destination & drop out

Ofsted Concerns - Curriculum

  • Attention to learners’ starting points 

  • Clarity in target setting 

  • Regularity of reviews & monitoring of


  • Identification & response to literacy needs 

  • Progression to higher levels of study

Where are you?

Ofsted Concerns – Leadership and Management

  • Internal OTLA Reports – too descriptive, insufficient

    account of learner progress, often graded too high

    2012/13- linking QA & PM to improve TLA

  • “Volatile” standards – up/downs in success rates,

    inspection grades, instability, mergers, changes in

    senior managers, financial pressures etc.

  • Self Assessment- “too shallow’ fails toacknowledge significance of areas for improvement

    2012/13 – not evaluative & low expectations

Where are you?


Overall Effectiveness

Effectiveness of leadership & management

Quality of teaching, learning & assessment

Outcomes for Learners

Implications for Providers - inspection

TLA is central to inspection process & becomes main focus of activity

TLA constitutes main evaluation of performance for departments / subject areas

TLA & Data are 2 sides of same coin

– data historical picture – TLA here and now

HoDs & subject leaders are accountable for SR & standards of TLA

Senior managers to ensure literacy & numeracy & FS needs of all learners are met as part of main programme

Importance attached to standard of TLA in English , maths & FS

Levels of staff numeracy / literacy allows them to support learners adequately

CPD systematically maintains high levels of specialist staff expertise

Poor teaching to be addressed through robust performance management


Consider the last 2 slides and identify the main priority

for your department / area

Your organisation

T & L develop English, mathematics & functional skills, &support the achievement of learning goals &career aims - CIF extract

To make this judgement, inspectors will evaluate the extent to which:

  • teaching &learning supports learners to develop the English, mathematics &functional skills they need to achieve their main learning goals and career aims

  • learners’ progress in literacy, numeracy, language &functional skills is monitored &reviewed, &their work is marked carefully

  • learners appreciate the importance of improving their English, mathematics &functional skills as appropriate, in the context of their learning goals and life ambitions.

  • .

Further guidance

Where relevant, inspectors should take into account:

  • the success of different strategies used for improving the English, mathematics, functional &language skills of different groups of learners

  • whether staff have the qualifications, experience and skills needed to teach English mathematics and functional skills

Implications for providers

What evidence is required to demonstrate how well you have this aspect of the framework covered?

To what extent could this be marshalled with 2 days notice?

Are you ‘inspection ready?’

Common improvement points

  • Tailoring lessons to meeting individual needs of learners - especially stretch & challenge of more able learners

  • Development of numeracy, literacy & functional skills integral to lessons

  • Target setting & monitoring of learner progress based on accurate initial assessment of starting points

  • Setting high aspirations & standards for all learners

  • Quality of self assessment – especially in TLA

  • prompt identification of teacher under performance and swift intervention via performance management processes


  • Ofsted Handbook:

    “mostly outstanding and never less than consistently good”

    • Judgement is not just about lesson obs grades

      i.e. not the sum of a series of still photos


How feasible is it to achieve TLA across your organisation that is

“mostly outstanding and never less than consistently good” ?

What is required to establish outstanding TLA - consider handbook grade descriptors

- in your department / SSA/ subject ?

- across the organisation?


How will you know

when your area

is outstanding?

Can you articulate this?

Is it shared & understood by your team?

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