Category Archives: Ofsted

The Return To Schools and Colleges: Official Guidance and Think Pieces

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings   Apprentices ALSO expected to receive face-to-face training from June: https://feweek.co.uk/2020/05/15/apprentices-also-expected-to-receive-face-to-face-training-from-june/ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response   … Continue reading

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Teaching, leadership and governance in Further Education, Research report February 2018, Prof David Greatbatch and Sue Tate

Interesting evidence review of research into the quality of TLA, professional development, use of lesson observations, governance and leadership in the FE sector. Teaching, leadership and governance in Further Education, Research report February 2018 Prof David Greatbatch and Sue Tate   … Continue reading

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Research and blogs on curriculum intent and design

A range of blog posts and research studies below related to the topic of curriculum in different educational settings Ofsted on Curriculum https://educationinspection.blog.gov.uk/2018/09/18/curriculum-research-our-findings/ https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/766252/How_to_assess_intent_and_implementation_of_curriculum_191218.pdf https://educationinspection.blog.gov.uk/2019/07/01/busting-the-intent-myth/   Research and blog posts on curriculum design https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/news/eef-blog-what-do-we-mean-by-knowledge-rich-anyway/ https://impact.chartered.college/article/turner-developing-your-curriculum-design-skills/ https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog/promoting-effective-curriculum-research-linking-the-theoretic-to-the-practical-in-fe-teacher-education-programmes https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog/curriculum-development-the-practitioners-view https://www.teaching-matters-blog.ed.ac.uk/change-in-higher-education-working-with-mess-and-uncertainty/ https://teacherhead.com/2019/07/17/curriculum-thinking-blog-collection-all-in-one-place/ https://tophat.com/blog/curriculum-development-models-design/Continue reading

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Ofsted Education Inspection Framework 2019 and the implications for Further Education

The 2019 Education Inspection Framework has now been released by Ofsted and will be in use from September 2019. Some comments on the link below about some of the key messages for FE. https://feweek.co.uk/2019/05/14/what-ofsteds-new-inspection-framework-means-for-fe/ https://www.fenews.co.uk/fevoices/29455-ofsted-s-new-education-inspection-framework-2019-sector-response   Links to the 2019 … Continue reading

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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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Passion, professionalism and pioneer spirit: Reflections on the “Lesson Observations: new approaches, new possibilities” conference at University of Wolverhampton, June 17th 2015 #obsconf2015

Still reeling, in a good way, from Lesson Observations: new approaches, new possibilities conference last week. I attend and present at plenty of FE conferences and they rarely create this level of buzz beforehand or deliver such excitement on the … Continue reading

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The new Common Inspection Framework for FE 2015: The documents, slides and guides from Ofsted

Guidance Documents https://www.gov.uk/changes-to-education-inspection-from-september-2015 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-education-and-skills-inspection-handbook-from-september-2015 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-future-of-education-inspection-understanding-the-changes Video clips Matthew Purves, Ofsted’s Head of Education Inspection, introduces upcoming changes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ttvAojAaO_E Lorna Fitzjohn, Ofsted’s National Director for further education and skills – inspection changes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=CNuMUmCOpxA Andy Wilson, college principal, talks about his experience … Continue reading

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Some useful clarifications from the new Ofsted handbook for FE, June 15th 2015

“Ofsted has no preferred teaching style. Inspectors judge the quality of teaching by its impact on learning. Providers are not expected to use the Ofsted evaluation schedule to evaluate teaching or individual lessons, or to undertake a specified amount of … Continue reading

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Preparing for Mocksted/Ofsted: Tips for Positive Self-Management

The amount of stress and pressure that inspections can cause is evident in all the colleges where I work as a consultant, trainer and coach and this is both saddening and infuriating. Ofsted are an unavoidable fact of life for us … Continue reading

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