Guidance

Inspecting further education and skills - framework

The framework for further education and skills summarises the judgements Ofsted inspectors will make during inspection.

Documents

Common inspection framework for further-education-and-skills from September 2012

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Common inspection framework for further-education-and-skills from September 2012

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Detail

The Common Inspection Framework for further education and skills was devised by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector in line with the Education and Inspections Act 2006. It sets out the principles that apply to further education and skills inspections under part 8 of the Act, the structure of the inspection, and the key aspects Ofsted make judgements against.

This document is a summary of the key features of the full Common Inspection Framework. The framework is published in full as part of the Handbook for the inspection of further education and skills.

The handbook has two parts. Part 1 is guidance for inspectors and providers on the preparation for, and conduct of, inspections. Part 2 is the full framework and evaluation schedule, and guidance on how inspectors will use the Common Inspection Framework to make judgements and award grades.