Ofsted have released the new Common Inspection Framework as part of the Handbook for the inspection for further education and skills.

Changes to the framework, which will be implemented from September, include the reduction of inspection notice periods from three weeks to two days and the replacement of the ‘satisfactory’ judgement with ‘requires improvement’.

There will normally be a full inspection of providers judged to ‘require improvement’ within 12 to 18 months and providers judged to ‘require improvement’ twice in a row may be judged inadequate on their third inspection if they have failed to improve.

Matthew Coffey, national director for learning and skills, said: “Ofsted received hundreds of valuable responses to the Good education for all consultation enabling us to listen and act on any concerns raised.  Often learners were more positive about the proposals than many of the providers.  In shaping the arrangements for inspection Ofsted has given particular weight to learners as the primary users of the services within the sector.”

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