Working in partnership with Ofsted, we have agreed and continue to refine progressively more targeted inspection requirements, while ensuring that the quality of ITT provision is continually improved, not just maintained.
Between 2002 and 2007, these revised arrangements helped Ofsted reduce the overall time it spends on inspections by 40 per cent, which consequently reduced ITT providers’ time commitments. These savings were achieved by concentrating resources on the institutions that need the most support and guidance, while taking a lighter approach to those that consistently deliver to the highest standards. The current inspection cycle requires single inspection events, further reducing the time and tariff of inspections. The revised inspection cycle, to commence in 2011 will build on these reductions and streamline, focus and target inspections even more proportionately to risk, in line with the further refinement of the ITT Self Evaluation Document (SED).
Our efforts have been recognised by the Higher Education Regulation Review Group, which described our work with Ofsted as:
"a particularly good example of an approach that fully embodies the principles of the [burden reducing] Concordat".