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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Facebook Advertising for Colleges and Training Providers

Okay, Facebook has been in the news in the last few months and the company’s PR team is probably in overdrive and if you believe the news then no one under 25 is using it because they are all now using Instagram or Snapchat. We just thought it might be helpful to remind colleges and […]

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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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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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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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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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