Revised Ofsted Common Inspection Handbook from - 1st October 2018

The handbook describes the main activities inspectors undertake when they conduct inspections of further education and skills providers in England under Part 8 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.

It also sets out the judgements that inspectors will make and on which they will report. The handbook has two parts:

  • Part 1. How further education and skills providers will be inspected. This contains information about the processes before, during and after the inspection.
  • Part 2. The evaluation schedule. This contains the evaluation criteria inspectors use to judge the quality and standards of further education and skills providers and indicates the main types of evidence used.

The handbook is a guide for inspectors on how to carry out inspections of further education and skills providers. It is also available to providers and other organisations to make sure that they are informed about inspection processes and procedures

The monitoring visit will normally be carried out within 24 months of the start of the direct funding by ESFA or through the apprenticeship levy. Such providers will normally receive their first full inspection within 24 months of the publication of the report of that monitoring visit. However, where a provider has received one or more ‘insufficient progress’ judgements at the monitoring visit, they will normally receive their full inspection within 6 to 12 months of the publication of the monitoring visit report. If a provider is judged to have made ‘insufficient progress’ with respect to safeguarding, they will also normally receive one further monitoring visit to review only their safeguarding arrangements, within four months of the previous monitoring visit.

This handbook describes the main activities Ofsted inspectors undertake when they inspect further education and skills providers. It sets out the main judgements that inspectors will report on and it can also be used by providers and other organisations to inform themselves about inspection processes and procedures.

The handbook is to be used alongside the ‘Common inspection framework: education, skills and early years.’

The updated handbook and more information can be found on the Ofsted website