Two-part workshop: Preparing for Ofsted inspections as an HEI (Starting 8 June 2021)
Jun 08

Two-part workshop: Preparing for Ofsted inspections as an...


  • From the 1 April 2021, Ofsted take responsibility for inspecting all Level 6 and Level 7 apprenticeship provision.

    This is a big shift for many HEIs and other organisations delivering apprenticeships at this level. What does this mean in practice, how do you prepare and more importantly, how can the change support you in development of your internal quality assurance processes for apprenticeships?

    SDN (apprenticeship specialists) and Mesma (quality specialists) have teamed up once again to host two half-day online workshop sessions.

    During the sessions, we’ll:

    • Build on your existing knowledge of the Education Inspection Framework and the process of inspection

    • Set out key findings from inspections of apprenticeship provision delivered by HEIs, and themes we’ve identify more broadly from our work with Level 6 and Level 7 apprenticeships

    • Give you the chance to hear from an HEI on their experience of inspection and the impact on their approach to delivering apprenticeships

    • Help you to identify areas of strength and weakness in existing provision

    • Support you to develop an action plan to support quality improvement and preparation for Ofsted

    The workshops take place on Tuesday 8 June 2021 (1pm-4.15pm) and Tuesday 22 June 2021 (1pm-4.15pm).

    You can book onto the whole series for £225 (+VAT). This includes 2x half-day workshop sessions (with Q&A), webinar recording, slides and supporting tools / resources.

    Delivered in small groups you will gain real value in facilitated group discussions and sharing best practice and experiences.

    Who is this for?

    The content will be relevant to all those involved in apprenticeship oversight and delivery in an HEI setting.

    Facilitators and speakers

    These workshops sessions will be led by Louise Doyle, SDN Strategic Associate and Director of Mesma. Alongside her work on quality assurance, improvement and inspection, Louise has been at the forefront of supporting Universities to launch, grow and improve their apprenticeship provision. The sessions will include inputs from an Ofsted inspector and an HEI who has already been inspected by Ofsted.

    Why an SDN webinar?

    SDN has supported over 5,000 apprenticeship staff, from 1,000 organisations, to prepare to deliver apprenticeship standards and end-point assessment, including many HEIs. We’ve also worked closely with over 80 of the trailblazer employer groups across many higher-level standards, giving us a unique insight into what is required.

    Feedback from our previous session held in February 2021:

    Excellent! Could not fault it. Far exceeded expectations. It was fantastic value for money. Very helpful and provided excellent takeaways. Practical stuff. Great subject knowledge. Brilliant having a smaller group – being able to directly ask Louise questions was great. It felt like a safe environment for having an open conversation. I appreciated how positive Louise was and the overall vibe of the workshops was that of positivity rather than being scared of Ofsted.

    Thank you to all involved. Excellent training. Thanks to those in the background who make it all work. Great team at SDN. Highly recommend your training!

    To book your place

    Please visit the SDN website here:

  • Category
    Webinars, Workshops & Masterclasses
  • Date & Time
    Jun 08 2021 at 01:00 PM - Jun 22 2021 at 04:15 PM
  • Location & full address
  • Event Admins
    Strategic Development Network (SDN)

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