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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Apprenticeship Standard Programme Reviews

How do you plan your apprenticeship standards programmes? How do you review the quality of these programmes? How can you demonstrate that the learners are benefiting from your delivery? We have developed Stedfast to allow organisations delivering apprenticeships to plan, manage and review their programmes. Using the published outcomes from apprenticeship standards, users are able to […]

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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 Performance

The move from Apprenticeship frameworks to standards has been in progress for a couple of years and we are starting to see the first significant volume of learners going through the endpoint assessment process and completing their programmes. From a quality assurance perspective there now needs to be a period of reflection and some analysis […]

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Apprenticeship 20% Off the Job Training

A really interesting article appeared in FE News yesterday about the 20% off the job training requirement and OfSTED’s take on it. Essentially, Paul Joyce, OfSTEDs Deputy Director of Further Education and Skills, stated that the 20% is an ESFA requirement and not OfSTEDs. When will OfSTED look at the 20% Off the Job Training? This […]

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Apprenticeship Standards Outcomes Assessment

Apprenticeship standards are now firmly on their way to replacing apprenticeship frameworks. However, too many organisations are simply running programmes without fully understanding what they need to do to ensure apprentices are receiving the skills and knowledge needed to be a success at End Point Assessment. Stedfast Outcomes Assessment Using Stedfast’s Outcomes Assessment module organisations […]

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Update to Stedfast

We will be launching a major update of the Stedfast system this summer. As well as making changes to the functionality we have also redesigned the system to be responsive so that it can be easily used on tablets and smartphones. We will not be accepting any new clients in July 2018 as we want […]

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What is OfSTED expecting in a Self Assessment Report?

Getting your self-assessment report and quality improvement plan right is vital. It is vital because it should be used as working document to ensure your provisions is of a high quality but it is also vital because you need to submit it to OfSTED and it needs to be immediately available if you are notified […]

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