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21. Changes in self-assessment and improvement planning

21. Changes in self-assessment and improvement planning – an overview including Ofsted and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA)

Ofsted has published revised information on its approach to inspection in the Inspection Handbook. Its key points on self assessment are:

  1. A provider’s annual self-assessment report will continue to provide Ofsted inspectors with crucial evidence to support judgements about the Common Inspection Framework’s main aspects, the contributory grades for equality and diversity, safeguarding and the provider’s capacity to improve. Inspectors will use the report to assess risk, monitor standards and plan for inspection. Where subject areas are to be inspected, the report will help the lead inspector select the areas to inspect. During the inspection, findings will be compared with those in the provider’s self-assessment report, and a conclusion reached on the accuracy of those judgements.
  2. Ofsted does not require a provider to produce a self-assessment report in any prescribed format. However, thorough self-assessment and effective action planning is essential to tackle identified areas for improvement, including provision that is satisfactory but not improving, and should be an integral part of an organisation’s quality improvement arrangements.

Ofsted is currently consulting on a revision to the Common Inspection Framework.

Ofsted has a showcase of good practice which includes examples of effective self evaluation and self assessment

Skills Funding Agency

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) produce a series of Guidance Notes for providers which include details of performance management and quality assurance arrangements and details of policy changes affecting arrangements for providers.