Understanding PFE Reports

Understanding PFE Reports

There are two main types of report: Full Educational Oversight (EO) and Monitoring Visit (MV) reports. A full EO inspection report focuses primarily on the quality of student outcomes, teaching and learning, and whether all areas of the published Standards are being met. Monitoring Visit (MV) reports are shorter reports designed to focus on whether colleges are making progress against recommendations from the previous inspection, and to ensure that standards are being maintained.

All reports include:


Introductory section: Characteristics and Context

Includes information on the college’s aims and ethos; the age range, gender, ethnicity and background of the pupils; a summary of the courses running during the inspection; and information on the outcome of the college’s last inspection. This section is entirely factual.

Section 2: Summary of Findings
Provides the overall judgement of the inspection as well as a summary of Sections 3, 4 and 5 in the report. If applicable it will also list Key Standards not met by a college.

Section 3: The Quality of Teaching and its Impact on Learning
Looks in detail at the course provision and curriculum as well as student attainment and progress. This area constitutes more than half of inspection activity.

Section 4: Students' Welfare, including Health and Safety 
Provides information on everything to do with the welfare of the students, including security of premises, safeguarding, pastoral care and accommodation.

Section 5: The Effectiveness of Governance, Leadership and Management 
Looks at the overall ownership and oversight of a college, including management structures and staff recruitment procedures.

Section 6: Actions and Recommendations
Lists action points to be addressed where a college receives a judgement of ‘Needs Improvement’ or 'Unsatisfactory’. All colleges, irrespective of judgement, will receive recommendations for further improvement.

Final section
Summarises the evidence used in reaching inspection findings.