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Deconstructing self-assessment and QIPs for colleges - Birmingham

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DECONSTRUCTING SELF-ASSESSMENT AND QIPs FOR COLLEGES

Target audience

This seminar is aimed at senior leaders in colleges who are charged with carrying out self-assessment, writing Self-Assessment Reports and implementing Quality Improvement Plans. It will also be beneficial to senior managers responsible for teaching and learning or quality improvement, faculty heads, curriculum managers and designated nominees for an Ofsted inspection.

Places are expected to go fast, so register now to avoid disappointment. The fee is £275 + VAT per delegate (limited to two persons per organisation)

The context

Self-assessment and quality improvement planning require improvement in too many colleges.

They are two aspects of leadership and management that, arguably, have shown the least improvement during my time leading college inspections as an Ofsted HMI and latterly as a part-time inspector charged with inspecting leadership and management in colleges.

And yet self-assessment and quality improvement planning are both fundamental components of a college’s journey to excellence and are absolutely crucial for any educational institution that wants to genuinely bring about a step change to the quality of its provision that will have the most impact on its learners.

However, and more than ever, self-assessment seems to have become a ‘slave’ to the mantra of following the criteria laid down in the Ofsted handbook for inspecting further education and skills. Almost inevitably, this results in overly long self-assessment reports that take a long time to complete, which can become very repetitive and which can obfuscate the real, and most meaningful, improvements that need to take place. Meanwhile, quality improvement planning is forced into the background and can become an afterthought. It is not uncommon to see Quality Improvement Plans still not completed midway through the year to which they relate.

Seminar description

This one-day seminar aims to debunk some popular myths about self-assessment and to enable colleges to think clearly about what really matters when they evaluate their provision at the end of each year. The aim is to help you reflect on your self-assessment practice and to focus on what you set out to achieve through the process. A central theme of the day will be how you can reduce the amount of time you may well spend writing often very long and repetitious self-assessment reports, which can then lack sufficient clarity regarding the judgements you make. Invited senior leaders from colleges will share with you their successful approach to self-assessment.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the day, you will have learned:

  • About the myths surrounding self-assessment
  • About Ofsted’s views of self-assessment and quality improvement planning
  • What the precursors are for highly effective self-assessment
  • What things most commonly go wrong in the self-assessment process
  • About different approaches to writing self-assessment reports and quality improvement plans from myself and our guest speaker
  • How to get grading right
  • How to write sharply focused key strengths and areas for improvement
  • How to interpret performance data for self-assessment
  • What you must include in your self-assessment report
  • How to avoid repetition when writing self-assessment reports and quality improvement plans
  • What an impactful quality improvement plan should look like

Outline programme

09.00 - 10.00 Registration, coffee and breakfast

10.00 - 10.15 Welcome and aims of the day

10.15 - 10.30 The Ofsted view of self-assessment

10.30 - 10.45 Some myths surrounding self-assessment

10.45 - 11.15 The most common faults when writing self-assessment reports

11.15 - 11.45 Interpreting performance data

11.45 - 12.00 Refreshment break

12.00 - 12.45 Writing meaningful key strengths and areas for improvement

12.45 - 13.15 What you need to know about writing your ‘Key Judgement’ sections

13.15 - 14.00 Lunch in the restaurant

14.00 - 14.30 What you need to know about writing your ‘Key Judgement’ sections (continued)

14.30 - 15.15 Guest speaker

15.15 - 15.45 Quality improvement planning

15.45 - 16.00 Plenary – ‘Have you thought about….?’

16.00 Finish and refreshments

Seminar organiser

Richard Moore

Richard has 14 years’ experience of being a full-time inspector, starting with the Adult Learning Inspectorate in 2002, before becoming an HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector) with Ofsted in 2007. In that time, he led inspections of many colleges. He also managed a team of both further education and skills and schools’ inspectors, mentored a number of new HMI when they started their inspection careers and was part of a number of development teams put together to create new inspection frameworks and methodologies, including the current model introduced in September 2015. He was also extensively involved in training both full- and part-time inspectors.

Richard left Ofsted as a full-time inspector in November 2015, and now runs his own very successful further education and skills consultancy company, working with numerous colleges across the country in their quest to improve their provision and to prepare for possible inspection. He also maintains an active role in the sector through being a part-time inspector and a co-opted member of the governing body of a very successful, ‘outstanding’ further education college.

The venue

The seminar will take place at etc.venues Maple House in central Birmingham. The venue is located in Corporation Street overlooking Old Square. Just minutes from New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street stations, it is also conveniently located for a number of major bus routes. Parking is also available at a number of NCP car parks locally.

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