On 17 March 2020, all routine Ofsted inspections were suspended due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Since this date, leaders and staff across the sector have worked hard to support learners, employers, and the communities they serve. As part of Ofsted’s phased return to routine inspections, they will carry out ‘interim visits’ and monitoring visits to further education and skills providers from 28 September 2020.
Interim Ofsted visits are to help learners, parents, employers, and the government understand how providers are meeting the needs of students and apprentices in this period, including learners with high needs and those with special educational needs and disabilities.
Ofsted will publish the outcomes of their visits, after discussions with leaders, in a brief report to share what steps are being taken to enable learners to resume a full programme of education or training. They will also use what they learn from the interim visits to report on the wider picture across England.
Significant concerns identified on an interim visit could trigger an early inspection or a monitoring visit, as appropriate.
Inspectors will meet with leaders and stakeholders. They don’t mention governors specifically, but it is quite likely that will want to meet at least with the Chair. Further details of their visits, including the criteria for visit selection, can be found here.