Chief Inspector’s Reports Main Elements of the New CIF (Sept 2012) Implications for Providers emskills.org.uk
Increasing number of colleges judged ‘inadequate’ 34 41 71% of providers now good or outstanding + 7% 25% learners in provision less than good Slow progress of grade 3 providers – especially colleges No college judged overall ‘outstanding’ for TLA 2012/13 – 13 – incl 2 GFE emskills.org.uk
Literacy & numeracy standards cause for concern - 2012/13 quality of current English & mathematics provision remains weak - FE now has clear mandate to improve these - Far too many young people from poorer backgrounds fail to achieve in their post-16 destination & drop out emskills.org.uk
Attention to learners’ starting points Clarity in target setting Regularity of reviews & monitoring of progress Identification & response to literacy needs Progression to higher levels of study
Internal OTLA Reports – too descriptive, insufficient account of learner progress, often graded too high 2012/13- linking QA & PM to improve TLA “Volatile” standards – up/downs in success rates, inspection grades, instability, mergers, changes in senior managers, financial pressures etc. Self Assessment- “too shallow’ fails to acknowledge significance of areas for improvement 2012/13 – not evaluative & low expectations
Overall Effectiveness STRUCTURE OF GRADES – SEPTEMBER 2012
TLA is central to inspection process & becomes main focus of activity TLA constitutes main evaluation of performance for departments / subject areas TLA & Data are 2 sides of same coin – data historical picture – TLA here and now HoDs & subject leaders are accountable for SR & standards of TLA
Senior managers to ensure literacy & numeracy & FS needs of all learners are met as part of main programme Importance attached to standard of TLA in English, maths & FS Levels of staff numeracy / literacy allows them to support learners adequately CPD systematically maintains high levels of specialist staff expertise Poor teaching to be addressed through robust performance management
Consider the last 2 slides and identify the main priority for your department / area Your organisation
To make this judgement, inspectors will evaluate the extent to which: teaching & learning supports learners to develop the English, mathematics & functional skills they need to achieve their main learning goals and career aims learners’ progress in literacy, numeracy, language & functional skills is monitored & reviewed, & their work is marked carefully learners appreciate the importance of improving their English, mathematics & functional skills as appropriate, in the context of their learning goals and life ambitions. .
Further guidance Where relevant, inspectors should take into account: the success of different strategies used for improving the English, mathematics, functional & language skills of different groups of learners whether staff have the qualifications, experience and skills needed to teach English mathematics and functional skills
What evidence is required to demonstrate how well you have this aspect of the framework covered? To what extent could this be marshalled with 2 days notice? Are you ‘inspection ready?’
Tailoring lessons to meeting individual needs of learners - especially stretch & challenge of more able learners Development of numeracy, literacy & functional skills integral to lessons Target setting & monitoring of learner progress based on accurate initial assessment of starting points
Setting high aspirations & standards for all learners Quality of self assessment – especially in TLA prompt identification of teacher under performance and swift intervention via performance management processes emskills.org.uk
Ofsted Handbook: “ mostly outstanding and never less than consistently good” Judgement is not just about lesson obs grades i.e. not the sum of a series of still photos
How feasible is it to achieve TLA across your organisation that is “mostly outstanding and never less than consistently good” ? What is required to establish outstanding TLA - consider handbook grade descriptors - in your department / SSA/ subject ? - across the organisation?
How will you know when your area is outstanding? Can you articulate this? Is it shared & understood by your team?