Everything in 5 minutes

Watch the 5 minute video and discover how FE and skills providers use iAbacus and the new Ofsted CIF in a unique approach to self-assessment and improvement planning.

  • Deceptively simple and easy to use
  • Pre-loaded with the Ofsted CIF
  • Creates visual SARs and QIPs
  • Built-in collaboration features

  Senior leaders love it!

Most management systems are time-consuming and complicated – full of features which slow you down and frustrate you. iAbacus® is completely different – it’s interactive, engaging and a joy to use.

 Trust our 10 minute guarantee

iAbacus® straightforward and intuitive. Leaders start using it immediately and instinctively. If they help? No problem. We’ll happily show them everything they need to know in 10 minutes.

 Create powerful, strategic plans

iAbacus helps leaders create concise and high impact plans they’ll be proud to publish and confidently share with others. No more long documents which are dull to read and difficult to maintain.

Make sense of data and statistics

iAbacus helps leaders distil vast amounts of data to justify judgments and demonstrate impact. It enables leaders to use data effectively and find new purpose in existing information systems.

  A simple, step-by-step process

iAbacus® is based on a process designed by John Pearce during 40 years as an Improvement Adviser. It helps leaders think strategically and plan clear actions that drive improvement.

Build the capacity of colleagues

Self-assessment and improvement planning is strengthened by shared thinking. Equip your colleagues with iAbacus® and you will empower them with a tool they can trust.

 Pre-loaded with new Ofsted CIF

iAbacus comes pre-loaded grade descriptors from the new 2015 Ofsted Common Inspection framework for Further Education and Skills Providers.

 Stress-free collaboration

Leaders collaborate by simply sharing their abacuses with each other. Put an end to those confusing email trails and out-of-sync documents.

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Extracts from the summary of changes to the way Ofsted will inspect further education and skills from September 2015. Download here.

The new common inspection framework builds on the longstanding common framework used in further education and skills inspection. It extends the principles of consistency and commonality across all education and skills remits.

In judging the effectiveness of leadership and management, we are increasing the emphasis on safeguarding and the extent to which the range of provision is relevant to the priorities of employers and the local community.

The new judgement on personal development, behaviour and welfare will include a focus on the extent to which learners are equipped to progress to their next step, be it further or higher education, employment or a more independent role in their everyday lives.

Sector subject areas will no longer be graded. Instead, inspections will typically result in a grade and summary for each of the main types of provision offered:


  • 16 to 19 study programmes
  • adult learning programmes
  • apprenticeships
  • traineeships
  • provision for learners with high needs
  • provision for full-time 14–16-year olds

Inspections will continue to be carried out by inspectors with experience and expertise in further education and skills and specialist knowledge where appropriate.

All 16 to 19 provision, whether in a school, academy, university technical college, sixth form college, FE college or training provider, will be judged against the same evaluation criteria and reported on consistently.

Most providers that were judged good at their latest inspection will receive a short inspection approximately every three years. However, some good providers will receive full inspection based on risk assessment.