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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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 Stedfast for FE Self Assessment and Quality Improvement Planning

Ensuring robust self-assessment is vital to any apprenticeship training organisation. It gives the organisation the ability to identify what is being done well and what needs to be improved. It also gives OfSTED the confidence that the organisation is working to their inspection standards. However, for many organisations that development and management of the self-assessment […]

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Outcomes Based Quality Assurance

We have been busy adding new features to Stedfast. The key task has been to improve the outcomes based assessment features which are a key driver in the developing quality assurance practices. The outcomes based quality assurance features on Stedfast now make it easier for providers to set their outcomes sets, allocate staff to each […]

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Post OfSTED Inspection Development Plan

Once the dust has settled and the OfSTED inspectors have left the building there is often a sense of relief that it is all over. After the inspection comes the report and then organisations need to consider their next steps. The report will highlight areas that need to be improved and actually areas that have […]

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Delivering Outcomes Based Quality Assurance

As we enter a new year it is always a good time to reflect on the quality assurance of our courses and programmes. To accommodate this we have released a new feature in Stedfast that allows organisations to use outcomes as a basis for their quality assurance. How outcomes-based quality assurance works Excellent education and […]

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Quality Assurance Frameworks

We were reading the article in FE Week with Paul Joyce (Deputy Director FE & Skills) with some interest as the Common Inspection Framework 2015 has now been in use for a couple of months and already there are certain themes that are appearing. Quality Assurance Frameworks Quality assurance frameworks are incredibly useful. A framework […]

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OfSTED Observation of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Education and training providers that are subject to OfSTED inspections will know the importance that inspectors place on observation of teaching, learning and assessment. Take a look at OfSTED’s Common Inspection Framework 2015 and it is easy to see the emphasis that is placed on the “Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment”. If providers do […]

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Prevent Agenda Framework

We have added a Prevent Agenda Framework to Stedfast. This will allow colleges and providers to conduct a self assessment of their prevent duty guidance and identify actions that need to be implemented. This is a hugely useful tool for providers as it will ensure that they meet this important requirement that OfSTED is now […]

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