Articles from Mesma

FIVE STEPS TO (SELF-ASSESSMENT) HEAVEN

AS the FE and wider skills landscape shifts, an effective self-assessment and the improvement plan that shakes out from this, is a key Ofsted expectation, says Louise Doyle, a further education consultant and director of quality assurance experts Mesma. Moreover, she says, such good practices allow education decision makers to stay in control while improving education and training provision.

DRIVING APPRENTICESHIPS: A QUESTION OF INTEGRITY

APPRENTICESHIPS will be an even more relevant and plausible path to career success in the transport and logistics sector as the Apprenticeship Levy unfolds, says David Cormack, strategic account director at System Group, providing advantages for those sufficiently adroit to see a bigger picture.

TEACHING APPRENTICESHIPS? A QUESTION OF PERCEPTION

LOUISE DOYLE, a further education consultant and director of quality assurance experts MESMA, argues that apprenticeships should be considered as a relevant and plausible path to a career in teaching despite the political protestations.

Ofsted’s Early Monitoring Visits Show Positive Impact

Analysis of Ofsted’s early monitoring visits to employers, independent training providers and universities by online quality assurance specialist Mesma has revealed some positive impacts. 

NEW INSPECTION FRAMEWORK: A WELCOME CHANGE

Ofsted is preparing for its new inspection landscape, which is expected to come into effect in the latter part of 2019. But is it a welcome change for FE and skills?

TAKING THE PAIN OUT OF SELF-ASSESSMENT

Effective self-assessment and the improvement plan that shakes out from it, is a mechanism for developing provision; not simply a document to satisfy Ofsted. Louise Doyle, director of quality assurance specialist, Mesma, considers how to make the whole process more beneficial.

FE MERGERS: A QUESTION OF QUALITY

Earlier this year, Paul Joyce, deputy director of FE and Skills at Ofsted raised concerns that the area review process is ‘taking the focus off the day job’, putting quality of provision at risk. Louise Doyle, director at online education quality assurance QA toolkit specialists MESMA, doubts that there is a college principal in England who would disagree.

Blazing a trail for young people through new sector specific apprenticeships

As hundreds of thousands of young people continue to ponder their next move post A Levels, national training provider System Group is urging many to consider new apprenticeships like the Express Delivery Trailblazer scheme as a pathway to a rewarding driving career.

THE EFFECTIVENESS OF FE QUALITY ASSURANCE

Analysis of Ofsted’s FE reports reveals new insight into how sector leadership regards quality assurance, says Carole Loader, a director at Mesma:

CALLS FOR ‘NEW EDUCATION COMMUNITIES OF GOOD PRACTICE’

Louise Doyle, director of Mesma and senior associate at SDN, is calling for ‘new education communities of good practice’, unrestrained by the age or ability of the children or adults being taught.

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