Analysis of Ofsted’s early monitoring visits to employers, independent training providers and universities by online quality assurance specialist Mesma has revealed some positive impacts.
The news comes as Ofsted says that the levy has contributed to a huge increase in the number of providers delivering apprenticeships, doubling the numbers of independent learning providers and employer providers.
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.
A new online software module from quality improvement specialist Mesma provides enhanced teaching, learning and assessment through collaborative observations.
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.
Five steps to finding out
Louise Doyle, director of quality assurance experts Mesma, says that in a shifting landscape, good practices allow education decision makers to stay in control while improving quality, balance and control.
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.
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.
Key Training, one of England’s largest providers of 16-19 apprenticeships is better prepared for Ofsted inspections after boosting its self-assessment and improvement planning using experienced online education software and quality assurance specialists Mesma.
Operating nationally, Key Training secures work for young people not in employment, educator or training, and offers apprenticeship opportunities with employers across the UK alongside work-based learning and courses to help young people improve their work skills.