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Ofsted Annual Report 2009

Ofsted have just published their Annual Report for 2008/2009.  Summaries, commentary and the full report are all available from the dedicated Ofsted website

As usual we’re disappointed in the lack of focus on the welfare to work and skills sector, with colleges and Train to Gain seeming to make up the majority of the skills focus. We’re still not sure Ofsted “get” welfare to work delivery, as it still doesn’t seem to have the same level of credibility as further education and formal learning.  In light of the funding that is put into this area it really should get a higher profile. Anyway ... we digress.

Below is a summary of the results of learning and skills sector inspections in the last year:
 

  Gd 1 Gd 2 Gd 3 Gd 4 Total
ACL 4 30 32 2 68
New Deal 1 7 19 6 33
Programme Centre 0 2 8 2 12
Workstep 0 13 15 5 33
Prisons 1 14 16 2 33

You’ll find a number of summary sections on the Ofsted website so that you can go straight for the ones that interest you, but we’ve picked out a few choice findings for you below from the Learning & Skills and Skills for Employment summaries. 
 

  • The vast majority of good or outstanding WBL providers are specialist providers or employers with provision in one or sometimes two sector subject areas.
  • Good and outstanding providers ... analyse labour market and demographic information; listen to learners and act on their views; and engage employers directly in the design and content of the learning.
  • Job outcome rates for New Deal have generally improved.
  • More New Deal providers now offer additional qualifications, including literacy, numeracy and ICT.
  • The overall quality of information, advice and guidance offered ... is not good enough.
  • Staff who draw on industry expertise engage and motivate learners by enlivening teaching and making it relevant.
  • Engineering and construction in WBL is more likely to be good or outstanding than business administration and leisure, travel and tourism.
  • Development of literacy and numeracy skills remains a relatively weak.
  • Some satisfactory teaching is judged too generously by managers, and lesson observations aren’t used sufficiently well to improve practice.

Common themes are:

  • Self assessment and action planning is insufficiently embedded into quality improvement strategies, with insufficient monitoring of improvement plan. We deliver a Writing Self Assessment workshop and can support providers to develop and implement their strategies.
  • Quality improvement arrangements are inconsistent, including those covering subcontracted delivery. We can support providers in reviewing and updating quality assurance and continuous improvement systems and processes and can also provide an interim or additional QA audit function to cover subcontracted delivery.
  • Some providers are failing to meet safeguarding requirements. We provide training on safeguarding for delivery staff, managers and staff involved in recruitment.
  • 90 per cent of providers promote equality of opportunity and tackle discrimination satisfactorily. 
  • Management information is not used effectively to evaluate provision.
  • Initial assessment within New Deal has improved but not all ILPs are informed by initial assessment. Meaningful actions and targets are not always set to help clients progress. Our Effective Planning of Learning training may help staff improve performance in this area.

So really there are no great surprises and there also doesn't appear to be any great revelations of good practice to follow, but when you have a few minutes have a look for yourself and give us a call if this inspires you to take forward improvements of your own. 

 


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