How Ofsted supports further education and skills providers

This guidance sets out what Ofsted does to help providers that have been judged to require improvement to get to good or better.


Support and challenge for further education and skills providers for use from September 2016

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Guidance on Ofsted’s approach to supporting and challenging further education and skills providers that are judged to require improvement.

The Further education and skills inspection handbook describes the main activities Ofsted inspectors undertake when they inspect further education and skills providers.

Published 16 July 2014
Last updated 4 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Changed to cover remaining support and challenge visits to providers that were judged to require improvement and were inspected before 10 November 2017 following the consultation:
  2. Updated document for use from September 2016 and document summarising changes added.
  3. Updated for use from September 2015.
  4. First published.