IPS International are extremely pleased to announce that we have achieved a ‘Good’ overall rating at our recent Ofsted Inspection.

What is involved in an Ofsted Inspection?

In mid-November, Ofsted Inspectors visited Northbank house and our Dover centres. IPS were inspected through meetings, interviews with apprentices and employers and observations of teaching, learning and assessment within classrooms and out at workplaces with assessors.

After the four days of inspection, Ofsted concluded that the overall effectiveness of IPS was graded GOOD in the following areas

  • Effectiveness of leadership and management
  • Adult learning programmes
  • Apprenticeships
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • Outcomes for learners

IPS Strengths and Improvements were also identified as the following:

1) Leaders and managers maintain very good partnerships with employers, resulting in programmes that reflect employers’ and learners’ needs well.

2) Trainers assessors plan and execute sessions well, sessions are stimulating, inspiring and motivate learners and apprentices well. Assessors give good oral and written feedback on assignments helping the learner to understand what they need to do to improve.

3) Learners and apprentices develop very good vocational, technical and personal skills that they use productively at work to the benefit of themselves and their employers.

4) Staff are very qualified and use their experience and professional relationships with employers to good effect, developing safe productive learning environments for apprentices.

5) Learners and apprentices receive effective support and impartial career guidance that helps them make well-informed decision about their next steps. Because of this many learners and apprentices are promoted and given higher levels of responsibility.

6) Learners’ and apprentices’ achievements have improved. The clear majority complete within planned timescales. Achievements of English and mathematics qualifications at level 1 and 2 are now good also.

7) Learners and apprentices develop very good vocational, technical and personal skills that they use productively at work to the benefit of themselves and their employers.

8) The arrangements for safeguarding are effective and a well-managed system is in place for safeguarding learners. Learners are confident to raise any concerns they may have.


How does Learners and Employer feel about IPS?

As part of the Ofsted inspection, employers and learners took part in the Ofsted Learner/Employer View Survey where they voiced how they felt about IPS. You can see the results here:

Learner View Survey Results:

Employer View Survey Results:


How does IPS feel?

IPS are very proud the hard work and dedication put in by all IPS employers, IPS apprentices/learners and employers who work with IPS reflects in the grading we have been given.

Commenting on the Ofsted report, IPS International Director Don McDonald had the following to say…

“We are extremely pleased to get back to being an Ofsted Grade 2 “Good” provider at such a challenging time in funded training and apprenticeships. Everyone focussed on sustaining our improvement plan and the hard work has paid off. Our job now is to aim for grade 1 “Outstanding” and at the same time embed all the changes happening in apprenticeships.”
Don MacDonald – IPS Director

To conclude with this grading, it motivates learners knowing they can benefit from excellent support and progress well at IPS International.

“The Ofsted inspectors were very friendly and I felt confident voicing how I enjoy being at IPS. I have a slightly different apprenticeship journey to other apprentices as IPS are my employer and I’m really happy here, being treated as part of the team and an employee as well as being an apprentice.”
Kayleigh Proctor Business Administrator.


It’s a great achievement for IPS. IPS look forward to providing Learners and Employers; Apprenticeship training, advice and guidance as a ‘Good’ provider in the New Year! IPS also retained Matrix accreditation for “Information Advice and Guidance” find out more here.

What is Ofsted?

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. It reports directly to Parliament and is both independent and impartial. By law it must inspect and regulate educational institutions to make sure everything is up to the correct and high standard for learning.

Want to view the IPS Ofsted Inspection Report?