We have issued specific guidance to providers about reportable events during the coronavirus pandemic: read the guidance.
Monitoring is designed to provide us with signals to show where further engagement or investigation may be necessary before we decide whether regulatory risk is increased for a provider. This allows us to focus our regulatory attention where it is needed most to protect students.
Updating our risk assessment
We undertake a risk assessment when a provider is first registered and this assessment is updated as we receive new information about the provider.
Information comes from four main sources:
- Indicators constructed for all providers from routine data collections, for example indicators of student outcomes or indicators of financial performance.
- Reportable events submitted by a provider, for example because the provider does not expect to recruit the number of students it had planned with consequences for its financial position, or a professional body has removed the provider’s accreditation.
- Additional information that the OfS has required from a provider, for example because the OfS has already judged that provider to be at increased risk of a breach of one or more of its conditions of registration.
- Notifications about an individual provider from third parties, such as students and their representatives or whistle-blowers.
Guidance for providers
We have published guidance for providers on our overall approach to monitoring.
We have also published specific guidance about: