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Aiming for Outstanding

September 7, 2023 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

Join us for the second session of our series, where we delve into the world of outstanding provision and the coveted recognition from Ofsted. At FIN, we take great pride in announcing that a number of our members have achieved, and are continuing to achieve an outstanding grade from Ofsted. But what does it truly take to earn this accolade? What is beyond the inspection report? If you had the opportunity to hear directly from the nominees, what advice would they offer?

In this session, we are thrilled to have Hawk Training, active FIN members since 2018, sharing their valuable insights. Join Managing Director Crawford Knott, Nominee Paul Estall, and Shadow Nominee Peter Roberts as they provide a firsthand account of their recent inspection journey. They will reveal the details behind implementing high-quality practices year-round and working to alleviate the fear associated with inspections.

The Hawk Training team will discuss the impact of effective support and challenge from governance, shedding light on the role played by FIN/ALIN CEO Kerry Boffey. Attending this session will give you invaluable tips, knowledge and strategies to position yourself and your organisation for outstanding success.

If you aspire to achieve outstanding recognition and want to optimise your chances of success, these sessions are an unmissable opportunity. Sign up today, completely free of charge for FIN members! For assistance with booking, please contact us at [email protected].


Hawk Training is an independent training provider based in West London with over 20 years of experience delivering apprenticeships, and working with over 400 different employers, teaching apprenticeships levels 2 to 5. Following inspection in September 2013, Hawk became the first independent learning provider in the country to be graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted under the then common inspection framework. The organisation was re-inspected in March 2023 under the EIF, and was again graded ‘Outstanding’ for the second time in a decade. In 2017, Hawk became the first independent learning provider to gain membership of the Chartered Institution for Further Education. View Hawk Trainings inspection history here:

Crawford Knott joined Hawk Training in 2001 and has worked in both a training and commercial capacity. He assumed the role of Managing Director in 2016 from his previous role as Commercial Director. Hawk has supported thousands of learners on Apprenticeship and CMI-accredited management programmes and works with around 400 employers across a range of vocational sectors in both the public and private sectors. Sectors include Business Administration, Customer Service, Early Years, Improving Operational Performance, Leadership and Management. Hawk enables young people to secure apprenticeship positions whilst supporting organisations to recruit apprentices and enhance their succession planning as well as upskill existing staff.
Crawford is a member of the AELP London Advisory Board and the AELP Strategic Forum. He is also a Council member of the Chartered Institution for Further Education.

Paul Estall, Head of Quality and Curriculum and Ofsted nominee
Paul has worked at Hawk Training for over 16 years and has participated in three different Ofsted inspections during this time, acting as a nominee during our March 2023 inspection. He has been a member of the leadership team for over ten years and has experience in delivery, training and development, quality, and curriculum. He is passionate about the transformational impact that apprenticeships can have on people’s lives and working with colleagues to ensure all learners benefit from a truly transformational learning experience.

Peter Roberts, Quality Manager and Shadow nominee
Peter has been with Hawk Training for 9 years and has considerable experience in both apprenticeship delivery and quality assurance. He uses his in-depth knowledge of the Education Inspection Framework to ensure our processes and practices lead to apprentices benefitting from an engaging and fulfilling apprenticeship. He is passionate about developing tutors’ skills and expertise so they continue to provide our learners with high-quality training that enables them to succeed in their careers.


September 7, 2023
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Event Category:


Fellowship of Inspection Nominees
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