Adult learners and employers

Adult Learners

The good practice database

If you want to access the great resource that is the good practice database you can do so on the link below.

The good practice database

How to make a complaint

If you have concerns or want to complain about a provider or about us, here you can find what you need to do.

How to make a complaint

The new Ofsted

Ofsted has joined together with the Adult Learning Inspectorate for (ALI), and parts of the Commission for Social Care Inspection for children and young people (CSCI), and the children and families court advisory service (HMICA). The result is a new organisation. (You can read more detail about this in the about us section.)

Information on inspection of these services and relevant publications are now on this website. For a short period, you'll find the individual inspection reports on their old websites, but you can access them through the inspection reports page as usual.


The inspection toolkit for learning and skills inspection

You can jump straight to the toolkit, which contains all the guidance you need to prepare for inspection.

Inspection toolkit for learning and skills


Recently published documents

We recently published the Handbook for inspecting work-related and adult community learning, which provides guidance on inspection for inspectors and will be of use to providers of work-based learning, of adult and community learning, of provision funded by the Department of Work and Pensions, of learndirect provision, of nextstep provision, and of provision funded by the European Social Fund.

There are separate handbooks for inspecting colleges and for judicial services.