How Ofsted inspects sixth forms

Understand how Ofsted will inspect sixth form provision under the 2023 framework.

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  1. What inspectors will consider
  2. How inspectors will gather evidence
  3. Grade descriptors

This article is based on paragraphs 427 to 431 of the School Inspection Handbook (September 2023).

What inspectors will consider

Ofsted inspectors must grade the quality of education in your sixth form provision and write about it in their report.

The extent to which staff have high expectations for the attainment and progress of all students (including the most disadvantaged and those with high needs) The effectiveness of the systems staff use to monitor and develop the quality of sixth-form programmes, including for disadvantaged pupils and pupils with special educational needs and disability (SEND) How staff develop a curriculum that provides: Progression and stretch Maths and English for young people without GCSE grades 9 to 4 Work experience or industry placements Non-qualification activities (e.g. tutorials, work to develop study, leadership teamwork, self-management skills and volunteering) How effective high-quality impartial careers guidance is in enabling all students to make progress and move on to a higher

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