Analysis of Ofsted’s FE reports reveals new insight into how sector leadership regards quality assurance, says Carole Loader, a director at Mesma…

It’s apparent from examining reports covering more than 60 providers who were inspected by Ofsted between February to April 2018, that a good number of employer providers, FE colleges, independent learning providers (ITPs), local authorities, not-for-profit organisations and specialist further education colleges still do not have adequate quality assurance arrangements in place.

Leading training provider, Qube Learning, paid tribute to the UK's Apprentices, Trainees and their employers, with an award ceremony at London’s Montcalm Hotel. The ceremony was hosted by Multiple Gold Medallist & World Record Holder Colin Jackson CBE who greeted the winners on stage with words of congratulations on their success and an award to walk away with. 

Louise Doyle, director of Mesma and senior associate at SDN, has called for ‘new education communities of good practice' at an Ofsted conference.

Speaking at the A4E Apprenticeship Ofsted Inspection Conference, she focused on the common threads and strengths across the education spectrum that can be woven together to build a better system.

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2017-10-10T01:00:00

Ofsted data from August 2017 has revealed that 2,274, or 11%, of English schools were deemed ‘inadequate’ or ‘requiring improvement’.

The government body, which is responsible for reviewing a range of educational institutions across the UK, has recently revealed changes to its inspection strategy moving forward to 2022. These include inspecting top schools more often, making reports more accessible to parents and listening to the views of employers, learners and parents.

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2016-11-25T00:00:00

 

Earlier this month the Chairs of the Education, Skills and Economy Committee slammed the Government’s failure to address inadequacies in careers guidance as “unacceptable”, demanding that Ministers act to improve provision as a matter of urgency to ensure young people are equipped with the right skills to succeed in the modern economy.

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2016-10-24T01:00:00

ONLINE quality assurance specialist MESMA has produced a handy new A4 reference booklet covering Ofsted’s recent FE college reports, which is available as a free download.

The ‘College Ofsted Inspection Key Findings Quickbook’ provides key information from details published earlier this year by the education standards’ watchdog about a number of colleges across the country.

These revealed almost three quarters (71%) of colleges that achieved a ‘Good’ grade were shown to have good self-assessment and improvement planning in place.

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2016-10-17T01:00:00

Earlier this year, Paul Joyce, deputy director of FE and Skills at Ofsted raised concernsthat the area review process is ‘taking the focus off the day job’, putting quality of provision at risk. Louise Doyle, director at online education quality assurance QA toolkit specialists MESMA, doubts that there is a college principal in England who would disagree.

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2016-09-22T01:00:00

Seven point action plan - MESMA

 

Hundreds of independent training providers (ITPs) have a lot of hard work ahead of them if they are to comply with Prevent duty guidance, says quality assurance specialist MESMA,which has outlined a seven-point help plan.

MESMA’s comments follow the Prevent duty guidance for FE colleges and ITPs in England and come in the light of the recent Ofsted report that highlighted progress to date.

 

One of first adopters of an online quality assurance resource has seen the benefits of shifting from time-consuming paper-based SARs to Ofsted-ready information at the press of a button.

TPM (Training Plus Merseyside) Ltd provides training and apprenticeships in business and administration, hairdressing and early years’ teaching and helps more than 200 learners a year achieve nationally recognised qualifications and secure full time employment.

The co-founder of ARK schools, Amanda Spielman, has been chosen as the preferred candidate to succeed Sir Michael Wilshaw, although she has no previous teaching experience.

A chartered accountant and chair of Ofqual since 2011, Ms Spielman, has been recommended for the post because of her “impressive breadth of experience across the education sector” and “proven commitment to raising standards.”

ARK schools is regarded as one of the most successful academy chains in the country.

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