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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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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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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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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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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Using Grade Descriptors in Stedfast

Anyone undertaking an OfSTED self-assessment report and quality improvement plan will know how difficult it is to grade judgements. That’s why we created a feature in Stedfast to allow users to add a scoring matrix to ensure that grading is more realistic to performance. For anyone who has had to create a self-assessment report and […]

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Apprenticeship Employer Providers Quality Assurance

We were speaking with an Apprenticeship Levy paying organisation last week who were considering becoming an employer provider. It was an interesting conversation – well we found it interesting – you may not share the same enthusiasm! It was interesting because they wanted to start a large-scale apprenticeship programme to maximise their apprenticeship levy payments. […]

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Strategic Planning and Measuring Performance

Strategic and operational business plan is really important for any provider that is subject to an OfSTED inspection. They will be asked for before the inspection and also be used to determine judgment findings by the inspectors during an inspection. The effectiveness of leadership and management Inspectors will want to see that there is strategic […]

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