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Cafcass self-evaluation form

For use by Cafcass service areas for inspections from April 2009.

23 Oct 2009 | HMI 20090055 | Ofsted |

Common inspection framework for further education and skills 2009

The Common inspection framework for further education and skills 2009 – the common inspection framework – was devised by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector in line with the Education and Inspection Act 2006.

It is based on the common evaluation schedule which informs all of Ofsted’s inspections. It sets out the judgements inspectors will make during inspection.

The document available from this page is a summary of the key features of the full common inspection framework, which is published separately as part of the Handbook for the inspection of further education and skills from September 2009.

The handbook has two parts.

  • Part 1: Guidance for inspectors and providers on the preparation for, and conduct of, inspections.
  • Part 2: The full common inspection framework and guidance on how it will be used by inspectors to award the main and contributory grades.

Additional guidance on inspecting employer provision has been written for employers who manage and run their own government-funded contracts and for inspectors to use during inspection of those employers.

We have additional guidance on inspecting community-based offender learning and employability skills for probation trusts and other organisations to ensure that they are well informed and for inspectors of these providers: Handbook for the inspection of community-based offender learning and employability skills.

Guidance for the inspection of dance and drama schools provides specific guidance for inspectors and colleges on the inspection of those colleges participating in the Dance and Drama Awards scheme and the implementation of the Common inspection framework.

23 Jul 2009 | HMI 090106 | Ofsted |

Comprehensive Area Assessment: annual rating of council children’s services for 2009

This documents covers arrangements and guidance for local authorities and their partners on the new Ofsted annual rating of council children’s services.

The new annual rating of council children’s services takes affect from 1 April 2009 as part of the new Comprehensive Area Assessment.

For all inspection documents visit the local services how we inspect page.

13 May 2009 | HMI 090024 | Ofsted |

Comprehensive Area Assessment: assessing children’s services and adult learning

This document outlines how Ofsted will contribute to the joint inspectorate Comprehensive Area Assessment from 1 April 2009. This document should be read alongside the joint inspectorate Comprehensive Area Assessment framework; this is available from the Audit Commission website.

10 Feb 2009 | HMI 090009 | Ofsted |

Compliance, investigation and enforcement handbook

The handbook is available as a suite of pages with links to its documents. Ofsted inspectors and staff use it for childcare and social care and so it is in both these parts of the forms and guidance channel.

06 Feb 2009 | Ofsted |

Complaints to Ofsted about schools: guidance for parents

If you are concerned about your child's school, you should start by talking directly to the teachers or headteacher or, if necessary, the governing body or the local authority.

If you are not satisfied with the responses you have received Ofsted may be able to help.

There are a number of things we can do, and in exceptional cases we can arrange an immediate inspection of the school.

This leaflet explains when and how we can help.

03 Jul 2008 | HMI 080113 | Ofsted |

Completion of the revised section 5 report template - guidance for inspectors

This guidance is designed to assist inspectors in the completion of the revised section 5 report template, for inspections from September 2006.

This was updated in April 2008.

25 Apr 2008 | Ofsted |

Collecting and reporting evidence of ECM outcomes

This is used as part of the inspection framework for independent schools, from December 2006.

This was updated in April 2008.

04 Apr 2008 | HMI 20060020 | Ofsted |

Completing your self-evaluation form: a practical guide

This step-by-step guide provides advice about how to complete the online self-evaluation form (SEF) and describes some of the new features we have introduced to enhance the service for users.

09 Jan 2008 | HMI 70216 | HMI 070216 | Ofsted |

Concerns and complaints about social care providers

When considering complaints Ofsted does not act as a complaint adjudicator. We do not decide if complaints are upheld, partially upheld or are unsubstantiated. Instead we investigate concerns to make sure that the social care provider continues to meet the National Minimum Standards and associated regulations and remains suitable for registration.

This was updated in November 2008.

10 Nov 2007 | HMI 70090 | HMI 070090 | Ofsted |