Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): residential provision of further education colleges

12. Making recommendations

How inspectors make recommendations to help the college improve.

Inspectors make recommendations to improve practice.

In making a recommendation, inspectors should refer to the NMS for the ‘Accommodation of students under eighteen by FE colleges’.

They should always give enough detail so the manager in charge is clear what to do. Inspectors should summarise the relevant part of NMS, and may also make recommendations in relation to other relevant statutory guidance such as ‘Working together to safeguard children’ or ‘Statutory guidance for children who run away or go missing from home or care’.

If, during an inspection, the manager in charge rectifies a minor administrative error that has minimal impact on the quality of assessment, care and support of young people, an inspector may not need to make a recommendation about it. However, they may refer to this in the leadership and management section of the report.

If a college has breached an NMS, then the inspector should send an email to so that the social care policy team can notify the ESFA.