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Framework for Excellence

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Framework for Excellence
by Andrei Baternay (a) - Tuesday, 17 November 2009, 11:26 AM

The Framework for Excellence

The Framework is commissioned by BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) and DCSF (Department for Children, Schools and Families). Its other sponsors include LSC, Ofsted, Local Government Association (LGA) and Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ACDS). Further details of partners and stakeholder can be found in the 2009 Policy document.

Key stakeholders have agreed and signed up to The Statement of Intent regarding the future development of the Framework for Excellence through collaborative working.

The Framework is formed from a set of performance indicators that cover aspects of a provider’s provision such as:
  • success rates;
  • views of learners and employers;
  • learner destinations; and
  • finance.
Together, these indicators provide an independent and quantitative assessment of performance of individual providers and of the sector as a whole.

Performance of providers is assessed annually and scored against national standards with scores and grades available for each performance indicator where applicable. Framework outputs will be calculated and published on an annual cycle.

During 2009/10, the Framework will be piloted in school sixth forms and Local Authorities, and implemented across the whole post-16 sector, subject to the outcome of the Pilot from September 2010 onwards.

One very important piece of work that involves tutors is to support learners in accessing the means set for passing 'Learners' Views' and completing the Surveys. This is done via a web-based Survey.

This is extremely important, since is one of the important indicators (as seen above) for judging a provider.

For us as a Service the number of completed surveys MUST be at least 228. If the completed number falls below 70% of the target (325), we would get an 'Unsatisfactory' grade, which would automatically trigger a mini-Ofsted Inspection, amongst other actions taken.

Tutors would be supported at all venues to allow them to conduct the surveys with learners. The support would come from venues, the MIS team and the Curriculum teams.

At the moment these are only required to be taken on the accredited (FE) courses.

The timescale for the taking of the surveys is between December and February next year.