Ofsted has ‘agreement in principle’ that more resources needed to deal with inspections.

The Department for Education agrees Ofsted needs extra resources to inspect the growing number of apprenticeship training providers, the inspectorate’s deputy director for FE says in Tes.

Ofsted’s deputy director for further education and skills, Paul Joyce, has said he is confident the inspectorate will have sufficient resource to carry out the extra caseload of inspecting apprenticeship training providers.

Figures from the inspectorate show there are 161 FE and skills providers that have not had an overall effectiveness judgement yet and, of these, 113 are independent learning providers. All of them started to attract funding between August and December last year and will need to be inspected within three years, according to Ofsted rules.

Speaking exclusively to TesMr Joyce said: “We talk to the [DfE] very regularly about our resourcing. We have agreement in principle that we will have more providers to inspect and therefore we will need more resources to do so.”

Although hundreds of independent learning providers are listed on the new register of apprenticeship training providers and could, therefore, be in line for an Ofsted inspection, Mr Joyce pointed out that inspectors will not visit all these providers. “The fact that they come on to a register doesn’t automatically mean that they will need inspecting. They may not draw funds to deliver provision, so it’s a complicated picture.”

Mr Joyce added: “If we find a provider doesn’t have in place what they should have in place at this moment in time they may end up with a series of ‘insufficient progress’ judgements. Depending on what inspectors find that may mean that we bring their inspection forward so in the worst-case scenario, if inspectors were really really concerned about what they found on a monitoring visit, we could convert that monitoring visit into an inspection and we could find that provider to be ‘inadequate’ and it is for the funding agency to take whatever action they wish to take.”

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