Ofsted is to inspect universities that offer apprenticeships

Ofsted is to take responsibility for overseeing all apprenticeship provision, including those at the Degree levels of 6 and 7.

Our offer.

Ofsted is to take responsibility for overseeing all apprenticeship provision, including those at the Degree levels of 6 and 7. There are many differences between the OfS and Ofsted, we can support you in this fundamental change and act as a critical friend.

We support you to mitigate any reputational damage and risk through a view of the four types of risk mitigation (Reduce, Accept, Avoid or Transfer).

How can we support you?

Our work with universities has highlighted several themes requiring support around areas such as:

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    Ofsted understanding, compliance for relevant provision and Ofsted’s inspection principles
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    Staff culture focusing on Ofsted, ESFA compliance and apprenticeship provision
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    Apprenticeships (at all levels including degree level)
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    Age restrictions on apprenticeships
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    Preparation for End Point Assessment – getting learners ready and building relationships with EPAO’s
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    ESFA Compliance
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    Safeguarding
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    PREVENT & British Values

We have found there to be a real demand for management support in these areas, and training needs for staff, whereby we are a critical friend to developing apprenticeship provision.

Our approach.

Our support offers an objective, thorough, flexible, and cost-effective means to assessing the actions and priorities that need considering in order to meet all the requirements around these areas and to avoid issues and concerns with crucial aspects such as Ofsted, ESFA audits, EPAO relationships, ESFA compliance, and funding monitoring.


Our highly experienced staff have an enviable track record of helping organisations move forward with high impact, a wide range of experience working with Universities, and excellence at highly competitive rates.


If you are a University and need support, then please contact us.

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