Our Training Workshops
The recently introduced Education Inspection Framework (EIF) presents a significant shift from previous frameworks. It challenges all providers to consider in much more depth, the content and purpose of its curriculum and to analyse how curriculum programmes develop learners’ knowledge, skills and behaviours. Middle managers, teachers and trainers play a pivotal role during inspection. How staff and learners articulate and discuss curriculum contributes significantly to inspection outcomes.
FEA’s professional training and development programme will build the skills and confidence of staff, preparing them for working with inspection teams and in understanding how the judgements around the effectiveness of education are influenced by the way in which the curriculum is designed and implemented. Our programme consists of the following:
- HALF DAY TRAINING WORKSHOP
The workshop is for all staff (up to 30 people per workshop), covering the essential aspects of the EIF, key priorities for teams in understanding the implications of the EIF and the inspection methodologies practiced by inspectors.
- FOCUSSED CURRICULUM REVIEWS
Our consultants will work with your teams, undertaking deep dive activities. Staff will closely shadow the consultant over 2/3 days. During this deep dive, staff will develop awareness and knowledge of the full range of activities covered by inspectors in arriving at judgements on the effectiveness of education. The activities can be tailored to suit all provision types and size of provision.
The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy has created a new network of providers delivering apprenticeships, and many universities have recognised the opportunities to access this market. These employer led programmes are subject to complex rules and a specific inspection framework that measures the quality of this provision. Both carry significant operational and reputational risks, if teams do not have sufficient capacity and/or capability to deliver and administer apprenticeships successfully.
FEAs programme of apprenticeship readiness provides a complete programme of support and challenge, developing the knowledge and skills of apprenticeship delivery teams. The range of programmes we offer are:
- HALF DAY TRAINING WORKSHOP
- The workshop is for all staff (up to 30 people per workshop), covering the essential aspects of the FE and Skills Education Inspection Framework (EIF), key priorities for teams in understanding the implications of the EIF, and the inspection methodologies practiced by inspectors.
- A DETAILED REVIEW OF THE APPRENTICESHIP PROVISION, SEPARATED INTO TWO STREAMS
- Funding and Compliance – evaluating how well programmes meet the requirements of Apprenticeships against current funding and audit regulations.
- Quality Assurance and Improvement – evaluating the quality and effectiveness of Apprenticeships against the EIF.
- FOCUSSED CURRICULUM REVIEWS
- Our consultants will work with your teams, undertaking deep dive activities. Staff will closely shadow the consultant over 2/3 days. During this deep dive staff will develop awareness and knowledge of the full range of activities covered by inspectors in arriving at judgements on the effectiveness of education. The activities can be tailored to suit the range of apprenticeship and number of staff.
With a clear focus and ethos of supporting sustainable improvement, our Quality Improvement division provides the broadest range of quality assurance and improvement services to the sector. We work as a partner, trusted advisor and objective friend to develop the internal skills and capacity to drive continuous improvement.
Our unique approach to supporting our clients means we do not believe in off the shelf approaches and packages, instead, we co-design and develop bespoke programmes which are truly tailored to meet the individual needs and circumstances of each provider.
By matching the specialist skills of our extensive associate network to the needs of our clients, we design our programmes to maximise impact.
Examples of our quality improvement projects include:
- Leading Learning – a development programme for middle leaders
- Coaching and developing managers and staff to drive improvement
- CPD on teaching, learning and assessment
- Observation training
- Advanced practitioner support and training
- Apprenticeships standards development
- Prevent: Train the Trainer
Examples of our quality assurance services include:
- Pre and post inspection support
- Quality reviews of curriculum provision
- External benchmarking of learners’ work
- Observations and learning walks
- Self-Assessment moderation and validation
Introducing our new 'Teaching Matters' website aimed at sharing best practice and facilitating the continuous development of teachers. The website hosts an array of resources to support teachers in the delivery of high quality teaching and learning and will continue to grow and develop with a bank of free resources.
During 2017 FE Associates built a strong relationship with the national training provider PeoplePlus. Our support has included a post-merger review of all their provision types in different locations nationally, identifying key strengths and on-going areas for improvement. We have moderated observations to improve the quality of observers’ judgements and action planning which informed future training. Through our Prevent: Train the Trainer programme, we delivered four national training sessions and upskilled a central team. We have also developed a series of apprenticeship standards which are now being delivered by assessors and levy paying customers. PeoplePlus were inspected in June 2017 and were judged to be ‘good’.
The support we have received from FE Associates has been excellent. The breadth of their quality improvement activities has enabled them to support all aspects of provision and their support was significant in helping us to achieve good Grade 2 at our last inspection.