Category Archives: Common Inspection Framework

Updated Further Education and Skills Inspection Handbook from Ofsted (September 2017)

OfstedFurther_education_and_skills_inspection_handbook_for_use_from_September_… Word version of the Inspection Handbook in use from September 2017 onwards by Ofsted.   OfstedFurther_education_and_skills_inspection_handbook_for_use_from_September_.. PDF version of the Inspection Handbook in use from September 2017 onwards by Ofsted.   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-education-and-skills-inspection-handbook/ofsted-inspections-myths This link dispels some of the myths around … Continue reading

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Date for your diary:Meeting New Standards in Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the FE and Skills Sector, Optimus Education Conference

I am very pleased to have been invited to present a workshop on developing peer observation models. Hope to see you at this exciting conference for the FE sector. Meeting New Standards in Teaching, Learning & Assessment in the FE … Continue reading

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Top Reads of 2013: Blog postings for Managers and Leaders in FE

Happy 2014! Here are the most read blogs from my site, which I hope provide some useful food for thought and discussion for managers and leaders in the FE sector. A Think Piece for Leaders in FE: The Big Conversation … Continue reading

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Leading learning in the FE sector: how can we drive teaching and learning improvement?

I am very pleased to be part of this Sector Training event on December 4th related to the leadership involved in improving teaching and learning. The event will be a stimulating combination of messages from Ofsted about ways to lead … Continue reading

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Stretching without punishing! Tips for challenging learners in engaging ways

Stretch and challenge is a hot topic for debate at the moment, triggered in part by its prominence within the 2012 Common Inspection Framework. Inspectors will evaluate: “How well teaching and learning methods- including training, coaching and mentoring- inspire and challenge … Continue reading

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Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the FE and Skills Sector

Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the FE & Skills Sector, Optimus Education Conference on November 28th 2013, London http://www.optimus-education.com/conferences/conference/FE/main I’ll be presenting two workshops at this conference, one on formative assessment strategies for the classroom and one on performance … Continue reading

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Coaching teachers after a grade 3 or 4 observation: challenges and tips

There is a widespread perception that the new Common Inspection Framework (2015) has raised the bar for standards in T&L. Colleagues in the FE sector are mentioning the fact that in many cases, an old framework grade 2 lesson will now … Continue reading

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