Today, Ofsted published their updated education inspection framework (EIF) handbooks. They have done so as they wanted to give colleges and other providers time to absorb the changes as they start their gradual return to routine inspection.
A new section on COVID-19 (coronavirus) has been added. In this section under Leadership (which includes governance), the handbook states inspectors will consider the following:
22. We recognise that responding to COVID-19 has placed great demands on leaders and managers and may have disrupted development plans.
23. Inspectors will seek to understand how leaders and managers supported learners and staff through the COVID-19 pandemic, for example by understanding how:
- remote education was put in place and monitored
- teachers and support staff were prepared for remote education
- vulnerable learners were kept safe and prioritised for face-to-face education
- where necessary, employers, parents and carers were kept up to date with developments and changes
- COVID-19-related staff sickness and absence impacted on the running of the provider
- staff and learners’ well-being have been promoted
Level 6/7 apprenticeship provision has also been included. Ofsted is now responsible for the inspection of apprenticeship training at levels 6 and 7 (both degree and non-degree), and have amended the handbook to reflect this.