Masterclass - Preparing for Ofsted as a Careers Leader

Tuesday 11th February - PLYMOUTH (Afternoon Session)

Thursday 27th February - LONDON (Morning Session)

Wednesday 25th March - BIRMINGHAM (Afternoon Session)

Thursday 7th May - MANCHESTER (Morning Session) 

Thursday 21st May - NEWCASTLE (Morning Session) 

Friday 29th May - SOUTHAMPTON (Afternoon Session) 

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There  are many types of careers leader.  Those who come from a teaching background, those who come from a careers adviser setting. Those who have been neither, or both. Those who have been in the role for a long time, those new to the role. However, all these ‘types’ of careers leader will face the  challenge of preparing for Ofsted’s new inspection framework which comes into force in September 2019.

The new inspection framework includes a new area of judgement called personal development, which incorporates most of the work that comes under the auspices of the careers leader.  Thus indicating a heightened interest by Ofsted in the work of the careers department.

Learning Outcomes 

  • To understand the requirements of the new Ofsted framework pertinent to the careers department
  • To be able to support SLT in understanding the needs of the careers department to be able to meet these requirements
  • To understand the basics of record keeping that Ofsted will need to see
  • To leave the course with a good basis to start planning for an Ofsted inspection.

PARTICIPANTS should have a good general understanding of the Gatsby Benchmarks and bring with them their CEIAG and access policy along with an overview of their careers programme and their departmental development plan if they have one.

Target Audience

This course is aimed at careers leaders and their managers to help them understand the transition in the way that careers learning will be inspected and the implications this may have on workload, time and resources. 


1330 Registration, tea and coffee
1400 Welcome and introduction

Session 1 

  1. the new judgement areas ?
  2. what will they be looking for in a careers leader ?
  3. what is intent, implimentation & impact ? 
  4. what is your intent ? 
1500 Refreshments 

Session 2 

  1. What evidence will inspectors be looking for ? 
  2. triangulation 
  3. internal data 
  4. the role of personal guidance 
  5. the sixth form judgment ? 
1600 Preparing for ofsted - a practical guide to demonstrating impact
1615 Summary & questions 

Feedback from the first Ofsted masterclass

  • "I went to the Ofsted training in London. Janet Colledge was an excellent trainer - she's done it and got the t-shirt. Pragmatic support from one careers leader to others."
  • "It was a fab workshop, highly informative and well worth attending - Thank u.”
  • "It was awesome, looking forward to using my notes to get SLT on board with what needs doing".

Trainer Biography

Janet Colledge is the real life name of @CareersDefender She is a qualified teacher with over 15 years’ experience providing award winning careers education. Janet is currently Chief Careers Education Consultant with Outstanding Careers, and a director of National Careers Week CIC – a social enterprise working to improve the quality of careers education for people in the UK. She also blogs, presents and writes for various organisations specialising in the management and provision of careers education in the 11–19 sector and is a member of the CDI community of interest for  careers education and is a member of the Quality in Careers Standard Board.

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Tue 11 Feb 2020 (Deadline for booking tickets is Tue 11 Feb 2020)
  • To Be Confirmed, , PLYMOUTH
  • Thu 27 Feb 2020 (Deadline for booking tickets is Thu 27 Feb 2020)
  • To Be Confirmed , , LONDON
  • Wed 25 Mar 2020 (Deadline for booking tickets is Wed 25 Mar 2020)
  • To Be Confirmed , , BIRMINGHAM
  • Fri 29 May 2020 (Deadline for booking tickets is Fri 29 May 2020)
  • To Be Confirmed, , SOUTHAMPTON
  • Thu 21 May 2020 (Deadline for booking tickets is Thu 21 May 2020)
  • To Be Confirmed, , NEWCASTLE
  • Thu 07 May 2020 (Deadline for booking tickets is Thu 07 May 2020)
  • To Be Confirmed, , MANCHESTER