Ofsted halving number of FE reports per year

Ofsted halving number of FE reports per year

Ofsted has announced plans to halve the number of times it publishes official FE statistics to two a year in response to a month-long consultation.

The consultation, which opened on August 11 on the education watchdog’s website, received 22 responses — 73 per cent of which agreed with the proposal to reduce the number of releases to two a year.

In its response to the consultation, Ofsted said: “As a result of the responses, we will reduce the frequency of our FE official statistics.

“In conjunction with this, we will publish monthly management information that will provide a frequent and timely snapshot of inspection judgements throughout the academic year (September to August) to date.”

The last quarterly official statistics were published in December and the first bi-annual report will be released in June, with the next due in December.

The monthly management information will include provider-level data on judgements in areas such as apprenticeships and 16 to 19 provision, as well as a breakdown of subject area judgements as well as key findings on the sector as a whole.

However, the “snapshot” will not include learner information, performance data and success rates or examples of
good practice.