Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. It inspects services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. Ofsted’s role is to make sure that organisations providing education, training and care services in England do so to a high standard for children and students.
Ofsted launched the Education Inspection Framework in September 2019. A new handbook will be used for inspections from September 2022. Not surprisingly, a key change is as a result of the new duty placed on Corporation’s under the recent Skills Bill, for institutions to have consideration of skills needs. The changes to handbook in this regard includes added references throughout to how enhanced inspections of colleges’ contributions to skills needs will be carried out. See in particular paragraphs 52 (types of inspection), 94 (before the inspection), 100 to 103 (notification of enhanced inspections of colleges), 112 (planning), 122 (stakeholder questionnaire), 124 (inspectors), 133 and 154 (meetings during inspection) and 218 (explanation that the college skills need sub-judgement will be linked to the quality of education and leadership and management key judgements). This should be a key area of focus for governors, as part of the required review to be undertaken by Corporations on meeting skills needs.
Ofsted Inspection Handbook
The full description of the judgement for Leadership and Management can be found her.
Preparing for Ofsted (including a Record of Governing Body Impact template)
This Ofsted Guidance Note, available for download below, details further what inspectors will be looking to see in those tasked with college governance, the topics governors may be questioned on by inspectors, and a link to an template for recording Governing Body influence/impact.