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Ofsted has developed a user and stakeholder engagement strategy. It sets out how we will encourage and promote user engagement as a driver for improvement and how we will listen to our users, providers and stakeholders in all that we do.

We strive to listen carefully to users of the services we inspect and regulate and to all of our other stakeholders. Your views are therefore crucial in helping us to understand where we need to focus our efforts and to tell us what works and what doesn’t. In this section of our website, you can find out about, and comment upon, consultations currently under way.

We have also drawn together two calendars highlighting all recent and planned consultation activity across Ofsted between April 2008 and March 2009. We are sharing these so that users, providers and stakeholders know our plans in advance, can see what Ofsted will be consulting on, how and when, and can read about what has happen as a result of consultation.

The calendars will be updated regularly. We will keep completed consultations, so people can refer back to the findings and see what action has been taken.

Measuring the progress of students on advanced qualifications using the learner achievement tracker value-added measure

Closing date: 02 Mar 2009

The learner achievement tracker value-added measure is statistical software that can be used to measure students’ progress on graded level 3 qualifications.

This consultation seeks views on its use in school sixth form and college performance reports.

There are two consultations - please just complete one consultation.

The closing date for the consultation is 2 March 2009.

Read the full consultation document

Complete the full consultation online

Read the short consultation document

Complete the short consultation online

A focus on improvement: proposals for further education and skills system inspections from September 2009

Closing date: 27 Jan 2009

We have reviewed arrangements for the inspection of the FE and skills system to ensure that they are coherent and well matched to the needs of the user and the quality of the service, and that they develop our ability to target inspection where it will make the most difference. Our proposals for a revised Common Inspection Framework and for the inspection of colleges, work-based learning and nextstep from September 2009 are set out in this consultation document.

The closing date for the consultation is 27 January 2009.

Read the consultation document

Complete the consultation online

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We have drawn together a calendar of all planned consultation activity taking place across Ofsted until 2009.


We have also added a separate calendar showing all completed consultations, since April 2008, and the published responses to these consultations.

Your voice

If you have any comments or queries about the calendar, or the consultation section in general, please email or click the link below.

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