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Self-assessment reports should be produced on at least an annual basis by providers of government funded training in order to say 'this is where we are now'. It should make clear judgements linked to the Common Inspection Framework and grade areas of provision in the same way as Ofsted inspection reports.
How does your self-assessment process compare with that of the most effective provision seen on inspection?
The following strengths and areas for improvement have been taken from recent inspection reports across the Ofsted Learning and Skills remit.
If you were given a similar area for improvement bullet at the end of your last inspection, self assessed this area as an area for improvement, or want to work to avoid such areas for improvement, then consider what inspectors judge to be key.
Have the key strengths been identified or are they really normal practice?
Have you identified normal practice ('norms') to show what is satisfactory?
Have you been honest in identifying the major areas for improvement that impact on learners?
Have you made judgements (how good or bad an aspect is) rather than describe what is in place?
Have judgement been made on all the key questions of the Common Inspection Framework?
What evidence are your judgements based on (performance data, observations, outside views)?
Are your self-assessment grades consistent with the balance of strengths, norms and areas for improvement (one strength and three areas for improvement rarely reflect good provision)?
Who has been involved in developing the self-assessment report (does it reflect the views of all those involved in the delivery of training)?
Do staff have a sense of ownership of the report (a 'bottom-up' process)?
Do staff know the grades and key judgements for their area and other key areas such as leadership and management and equality of opportunity?
Do staff recognise the organisation that they work in from the report?
Have you moderated the proposed grades in any way?
Does the report reflect the progress that you have made in improving areas for improvement since your last inspection?
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