Information about Ofsted and Estyn inspections

High Needs Inspection

Inspection documents

Ofsted inspect further education providers in line with the Common Inspection Framework (2015). All the documents used for inspection, including the FE handbook, can be downloaded from the resources box below.  Ofsted have also produced a useful myth-busting document about their inspections.

“Moving Forward” 2016

The Ofsted thematic report “Moving Forward? How well the further education and skills sector is preparing young people with high needs for adult life” (March 2016) had various recommendations for colleges, local authorities and government.


Read the report and presentations from its author Nigel Evans HMI from our 2016 training event and 2017 conference


Latest inspection data can be found on the Ofsted and websites. Natspec analyse the data each year, and at the end of 2017 data showed that 93% of Natspec learners study in good or outstanding colleges. Our summary of latest inspection outcomes for residential colleges for the Lenehan Review also showed that over 90% were good or outstanding.


Estyn is the Inspection body for Education and Training in Wales. A new inspection framework will be rolled out from September 2017.

Download further information and best practice examples from the resources box below.