It has come to our attention that a number of providers offering Assessment Only provision are being asked to host a visit from DFE to ensure compliance with the AO criteria.

We suspect that this approach reflects growing concerns over the number of unregulated agencies purporting to provide training programmes and then putting people forward for AO.

It is imperative that all providers currently offering AO check for compliance, including rules relating to who is accepted for AO.  The DfE’s guidance on the AO route can be found here.





  1. Michele Burns on January 29, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Anyone experienced any problems with the visits?

  2. Cathy Bailey on January 30, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    no – we have one booked for March though…

  3. Michele Burns on February 19, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Please would members reading this reach out to colleagues about recent compliance visits for information?! 🙂

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