Further education and skills: For further education and skills providers

During a further education and skills inspection

An inspection normally lasts between three and five days on site. The number of inspectors varies according to the size and type of provider.

The inspection team will focus on the key aspects of the Common Inspection Framework for further education and skills 2012.

The lead inspector makes sure the grades and judgements are based on evidence from across the provision, subject areas, types of provision and different learner groups. Inspectors discuss and examine evidence from learners and staff and look at relevant documents.

Subject area inspectors focus on a sample of subject areas or type of provision selected for inspection and grading. Before leaving the provider, these inspectors give the lead inspector their evidence forms, a record of inspection findings and recommendations for the inspection report.

The lead inspector will have briefing meetings with the chief executive officer and the nominee. There will be daily team meetings at the end of each day. For further information, go to the role of the nominee.

First-hand evidence is collected by observing teaching, learning and assessment. Inspectors see as many sessions as possible. The number depends on the type and size of the provider, and a member of the provider’s own observation team can accompany an inspector.

Inspectors may monitor case studies of learners, including potentially vulnerable learners, such as those with learning difficulties and those with disabilities, and young people in care. They look at the quality of learning for individuals and different groups of learners, either in individual or group sessions.

Inspectors talk with learners and look at their work. They also meet employers, staff, governors and the provider’s partners where appropriate. The provider’s records, documents and Leaner View, parent and employer online questionnaires will all be assessed.

Annual Report 2012/13