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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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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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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