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Getting a visit from Ofsted, What could it mean for you

It’s the morning of my birthday and I’m getting ready to go to Hathersage for a few days with my wife Tracey and 10-year-old son Isaac. Ping goes my phone and it’s a text message from the Director of Systems, Scott ‘give me a call mate – OFSTEDs coming Wednesday’.

PANIC! No. Luckily, we’re always good to go and after a little tidying & decluttering of the base room we are as ready as we’ll ever be.

We have a lead whose schedule is centre based and 3 inspectors who are centre based for half a day and out with learners for the remaining 2 days.

Day 1 started with management interviews and investigation of the main themes to clarify Eden’s perspective. These weren’t overly challenging as the lead kept to the themes and didn’t look to check across all of the common inspection framework – this being the main difference of the short inspection. Interestingly, the inspectors didn’t recognise the QAR data published in June by the ESFA stating that it was unvalidated. However, our in-year data supported these figures therefore we were confident in the data presented.

At the end of day 1 the team had pulled together tremendously well, and confidence was high.

Day 2 followed with additional interviews, employer visits and joint learner observations. That afternoon we received the feedback that we continue to be Good. Our report is available in full on their website but here are some of the highlights;

Senior leaders and managers have sustained the good quality of education and training for learners and apprentices.

You and your team have ensured a clear strategy and direction for the business. You work successfully with employers to meet their priorities and demands for an effective workforce.

Learners and apprentices benefit from useful and helpful resources. These encourage and help apprentices improve their English and mathematics skills, and consequently, they gain the skills, values, attitudes and behaviours required by employers.

An increasing number of learners and apprentices complete their programmes successfully and achieve their qualifications.

Safeguarding is effective. Leaders and managers ensure that safeguarding arrangements are effective. Staff are aware of their responsibility to protect learners and apprentices from possible radicalisation and the risks associated with extremist views. Learners and apprentices demonstrate high levels of awareness of health and safety issues and carry out their work in a safe manner. They say that they are safe and know how to keep themselves safe.

Managers responsible for safeguarding have good relationships with employers and external agencies to ensure that all learners and apprentices are safe. They work well with partners to ensure that safeguarding processes and procedures are followed effectively, and any issues are followed through to a successful conclusion.

And for those of you interested to know – we stayed at The Little Johns Hotel and had a great time at the local Lido – a few beverages were needed that night!

All the best

John Hirst – Director of Quality & IQA

Eden Training Solutions

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