OfSTED Inspecting further education and skills providers

OfSTED has published a number of updates to their guidance for the inspection of further education and skills providers. One of the areas that we thought might be interesting to focus on in a bit more detail was the list of information that OfSTED expects further education and skills providers to have available at the […]

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Curriculum Focus for OfSTED

Amanda Spielman, OfSTED’s Chief Inspector, has made it clear that there should be a significant shift from focusing on outcomes for learners to a more rounded curriculum. This is an important shift in inspection focus as it moves away from merely looking at exam or test results to actually what is being delivered to learners. Curriculum […]

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OfSTED Online Self Assessment

We are moving into the time of year where a few things start to happen; the days will become shorter, there will be talk of Christmas (too early) and education and training providers will start the self-assessment and quality improvement cycle in preparation for submission to OfSTED in January. Many organisations will do this the […]

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Organisation Performance Review

We know that education and training providers have a lot of performance management requirements which is why we have taken an approach in Stedfast to make allow all performance management activities to be managed on a single platform. Currently, most education and training providers will manage their performance using a number of different methods. For […]

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Measuring Apprenticeship Standards Outcomes

We have written previously about how our outcomes assessment system, Stedfast, is able to support education and training providers in measuring programme performance. We wanted to continue this series of blog posts to delve a little deeper in measuring the outcomes on each standard. Levels of Outcomes Measurement Most organisations will have a series of […]

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Updated OfSTED Inspection Framework

Colleges and Training Providers should be aware that OfSTED have updated the “Inspection Framework” The main changes have been around how Ofsted will carry monitoring visits to newly-funded providers. Where these monitoring visits to new providers take place, progress judgements will be made against the following themes: how much progress have leaders made to ensure […]

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Effective Observation of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Anyone provider of technical and vocational education and training who is subject to inspection by OfSTED needs to ensure that they have robust and accurate Self Assessment. They also need to ensure that they can demonstrate the same level of robustness with their observation of teaching, learning and assessment. Being able to demonstrate that the provider understands […]

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Considering the importance of CPD

There are a few areas within the OfSTED inspection framework that need leaders, managers and staff to give consideration to CPD. These are: how successfully leaders, managers and governors secure and sustain improvements to teaching, learning and assessment through high quality professional development, including developing management and leadership capacity and robust performance management to tackle […]

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OfSTED Quality Assurance Management System
OfSTED Quality Assurance Management System

We have been developing Stedfast for the last 3 years to meet the quality assurance requirements of technical and vocational education and training providers. Principally though it has been developed as an OfSTED quality assurance management system. What is the focus of Stedfast Stedfast is on an online platform that is constantly evolving to meet […]

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