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Essential Inspection Preparation / Nominee Bootcamp

September 24 @ 10:30 am September 25 @ 4:30 pm

Date – 24th & 25th September 2024
 Location – Derby Conference Centre
**Please note** your booking includes the two full days of training, overnight accommodation and meals (24th: Lunch and Dinner, 25th: Breakfast and Lunch)

This programme is a unique, fast paced and challenging two-day residential programme that will provide real insight into the education inspection framework, challenge perceptions and test resilience. This stimulating, inspiring and thought provoking course has proved highly effective to fully prepare nominees for their role. Are you ready to be measured against the EIF – are your team prepared for this challenging programme?

This course is suitable for…
Nominees, Shadow Nominees, Senior and Middle Managers and Curriculum Champions who want to be at the top of their game and inspection ready. This programme provides support for anyone new to inspection and sufficient stretch for experienced nominees to further extend their knowledge and skills with differentiated activities, complex scenarios and resources. It also provides a structure and critical training for the shadow nominee role who provide essential support and evidence gathering throughout inspection.



Delegates will be asked to complete a pre-course activity, which will be assessed and used throughout the training.

Day One

Theory and background

Understanding the inspection methodology and deep dives

Impact on your provision

Challenging scenarios for consideration

Curriculum and programme design

The role of the shadow nominee

Challenging judgements at inspection

Safeguarding – what to look for and impact

Day Two

Taking on a different role, scrutinising and evaluating evidence presented

Triangulating evidence

Carryout a range of inspection activities, including deep dives such as:

Interviews to establish facts

Triangulate documentary evidence

Data analysis

Practice the shadow nominee role

Formulate judgments under scrutiny and time pressure

Report findings in a professional and measured manner

Feedback judgements and facing professional challenge

Post Course

Delegates are invited to a post bootcamp working group to discuss actions following the course and improvements made within their own provision

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Course Feedback:

‘I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The pace of the sessions, opportunities to ask questions and participate, the engaging way it was delivered, expert knowledge, array of activities, peer to peer support and networking – absolutely fantastic all round! It was without doubt one of the best training events I have ever attended.’
– A.Fowkes, Pareto Law

“I have been in the apprenticeship sector for too long and attended numerous Ofsted related training events over the years and this stands out as the best. The combination of the training being delivered by a team of experts in the subject along with the activities we undertook to support learning and understanding was brilliant. I would highly recommend this training to any Ofsted Nominee irrespective of previous training and experience.”
– S.Dickinson, Virgin Active

‘I’ve taken so much from the bootcamp. It was a fantastic refresher and an opportunity to lift the priority focus out of the usual dayto- day work. The bootcamp prompted a major revision to the structure and format of the SAR and QIP. The first activity we have implemented is to explore the ‘comfy slippers’ and look at our “best learners” and our “best employers” to test them. I completed the equivalent training with Kerry and Peter 12 years ago. It was great to see how the format has strengthened and evolved. I found it really insightful. The challenging questions posed by the FIN team stand you in great stead for the scrutiny of an inspection. The best part of the training was… Networking with the other Quality professionals from other providers – a fresh perspective and different points of view to explore. It challenges our thinking when we are so buried in our own provision.’
– Karen Palfreyman, Umbrella Training


Kerry Boffey is the CEO of the Adult Learning Improvement Network (ALIN) and Fellowship of Inspection Nominees (FIN). She has held senior leadership positions in Independent Training Providers and has carried out interim leadership roles for Colleges and Specialist Colleges. As a former Ofsted inspector, with 18 years’ experience, Kerry has worked across the UK, and on international projects, managing teams and providers through very challenging inspections due to their complexity. This in-depth understanding of inspection, alongside concerns for providers’ lack of effective preparation, was the driver behind founding the Fellowship of Inspection Nominees (FIN) in 2017. Kerry is a well-respected trainer and facilitator, is passionate about developing senior leadership teams, and provides external governance for numerous further education providers; championing quality that focuses on the impact on learners.

Peter Nelson

Peter brings a wealth of experience from various roles in the further education and skills sector, including teaching, senior leadership, inspection, and management. He has worked as a lecturer and held senior positions in multiple colleges. As one of His Majesty’s Inspectors with Ofsted, he inspected across the FE spectrum and played various management and project roles. This included overseeing inspector learning and development and advising on policy, quality, and training. He also led initiatives such as inspectorate mergers and the introduction of level 6 and 7 inspection activities. Now working as a consultant, Peter provides guidance on quality improvement, management, and governor training in the FE sector. He holds an MBA and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He also offers coaching and mentoring to managers and senior leaders.

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September 24 @ 10:30 am
September 25 @ 4:30 pm
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