November Insights

Nationally, across the FE sector, the proportion of inspections RI or poor is slowly rising. Why? Is it that Ofsted is becoming more critical, provision is getting weaker or something completely different? Is there a pattern or a trend? The analysis is fascinating. When we ‘run the numbers’ again and look at FIN members for […]

October Insights

At the end of September, our six-month data analysis indicates providers graded inadequate and requiring improvement are increasing, with over 28% of inspections from April to September appearing in this category. There is a greater focus on retention data and outcomes in more recent inspections. We know there is also government scrutiny of achievement rates, […]

The Inclusivity Advantage

How can you tell if the inclusivity you have within your organisation’s setting is leading to a positive culture, better safeguarding and stronger learner outcomes? Questions like these are enough to panic any organisation leader. The intangibility of many of the factors of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion makes answering these questions with any substance a […]

Member Spotlight – Sports Structures

We are delighted to share Sports Structures Education Community Interest Company’s recent inspection outcome, achieving Good in all areas of provision. This is a significant achievement for a new provider, and this is their story so far… Sports Structures joined The Fellowship of Inspection Nominees (FIN) in 2019 before enrolling their first apprentices. As active […]

September Insights

Analysis of inspection outcomes across the sector shows 22% of providers ‘require improvement’. While good and better grades are an improving trend, we can see patterns emerging. Career advice and guidance are common areas for improvement. However, staff skills and CPD are also frequently commented on. Selecting the right staff, developing their skills and maintaining […]

Inspection Insights – August

Many providers are quite content, or even relieved to hear final feedback stating ‘over all effectiveness is good’. But why should you be content, Ofsted will return in arung four years and the goal posts, or possible the whole pitch will have moved. As soon as inspectors leave begin preparations for their return. If the […]

Inspection Insight – July

We frequently hear providers say their inspection experience wasn’t quite what they expected, if you haven’t been inspected recently, or inspected under the EIF, it’s perhaps understandable. Every inspection has a planning call with the lead inspector two days in advance of the actual inspection, use this opportunity to ask in detail what information the […]

Member Spotlight – Hawk Training

Congratulations to our member Hawk Training who achieved outstanding overall in their Ofsted inspection. Hawk Training is an independent training provider based in West London with over 20 years of experience delivering apprenticeships. The company works with over 400 different employers, teaching apprenticeships levels 2 to 5. Apprentices receive outstanding support on their courses from […]

Member Spotlight – League Football Education

Congratulations to League Football Education (LFE) who achieved outstanding in all areas of their ofsted inspection. LFE was established in 2004 to help deliver the apprenticeship program to 16–18-year-olds at EFL clubs. The organisation focuses on player’s on and off pitch development to allow players to leave in the best possible position for their future. […]

June 2023 Insights

Inspection Insights – Precise and incisive We are seeing more use of the word ‘precise’ in published reports, here’s an example.  “Teachers take a methodical approach to assessing students during lessons, through peer assessment, through weekly homework and through mock examinations. They provide precise feedback that helps students to understand what they have done well […]

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