Ofsted has revealed how it will be deciding whether or not to inspect "good" further education providers.
The watchdog says that the new risk assessment will help to identify concerns about performance at "outstanding" providers.
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The decision came after recent statistics revealed that more some 52 providers had not been subject to a full inspection for more than 10 years.
The risk assessment has two stages: an assessment of each provider based on analysis of published data, and an in-depth desk-based review on a wider range of information.
The risk assessment includes several measures of a provider’s performance – and that of any subcontractors) includes:
- Achievement rate data
- Value-added score
- English and maths GCSE, and functional skills data
Providers are only compared against similar institutions: for example, independent learning providers are not compared with sixth-form colleges. Policy colleagues agree the most appropriate qualifications and measures for each provider.
Additional information is also incorporated and taken into account. For example:
The views of learners and employers, gathered through online questionnaires.
Funding agency information such as minimum standards of performance and any interventions.
Findings of monitoring visits.
Inspectors also consider, the size and complexity of the provider (including the number and range of provision types), complaints about the provision, any chance to leaders or structures at the provider, the geographical spread of education and training centres, and any other recent changes.
Each provider is given either a red, amber or green flag.
Senior Ofsted inspectors within each region will then review the above information. They’ll also use regional intelligence to support the risk assessment.
Data and policy teams consider all of the finds and then finalise the list of providers to receive a risk-based inspection in the following academic year.