Ofsted’s new inspection framework for further education and skills went “live” in September 2009. Using the new framework, inspectors will not only consider how well provision is matched to local needs (of employers and learners) but also how well it reflects national priorities. In the Handbook for the inspection of further education and skills from September 2009, inspectors are advised to take into account the provider’s commitment to sustainability. Revisions to the framework on evaluating outcomes for learners now includes whether learners are involved in community based development activities and projects; and how well they develop skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to community cohesion and sustainable development.
In OFSTED’s Taxonomy of Issues, a list of all
issues in the learning and skills sector, arranged under the steps
of the learner’s journey and leadership and management,
sustainable development comes under category 18, Leadership.
Help and advice
The Handbook for the inspection of further education and skills from September 2009 was published by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI). The handbook provides guidance for providers, OFSTED Inspectors, and additional inspectors on the implementation of the Common Inspection Framework for inspecting all education and training within the further education and skills sector. The handbook has two parts: the first is guidance for inspectors and providers on the preparation for, and conduct of, inspections; and the second is the full Common Inspection Framework and guidance on how it will be used by inspectors to award the main and contributory grades. The handbook is made available to ensure that providers and other organisations are well informed about the process and procedures of inspection.
As well as in Part Two of the Handbook for the inspection of further education and skills, the Common Inspection Framework is also available as a separate document: The Common inspection framework for further education and skills 2009.
The OFSTED Good Practice Database on the Excellence Gateway features sub sections on leadership and management. Within this is information on building better practice with regard to sustainable development. The information sets out what FE needs to do to meet the government’s wish for the sector to be a leading exponent of sustainable development through its management of resources, the learning opportunities it delivers and its engagement with communities. The website lists examples of best practice already identified in inspections, and offers a “health check” as well as suggestions of what institutions could be doing to improve.
Case studies to be added soon.
Continue the journey
Steps to take now...
- Gain a better understanding of how OFSTED are including sustainability in inspections by visiting the Excellence Gateway OFSTED Good Practice Database on leadership and management and sustainable development.
- Review the Handbook for the inspection of further education and skills from September 2009 to deepen your understanding of how sustainable development will be included in the inspection process.
- Use the suggestions in the Excellence
Gateway to assess how you can improve.
|Common inspection framework (695Kb)|
|Handbook for the inspection of further education and skills from September 2009 (261Kb)|
|OFSTED Taxonomy of Issues (42Kb)|