Category: Improvement

Policy Consortium members Colin Forrest and Mike Cooper discuss the content and focus of the current (autumn 2014) Ofsted consultation exercise about revamping the Common Inspection Framework. Reading the preamble to Ofsted’s consultation about radically overhauling the Common Inspection Framework …

Will it turn out to be ‘Better Inspection for All’, in the end? Read More »

Andrew Morris discusses ways ahead for the sector in using evidence to improve professional practice. (Please note that this is a revised and extended version of an ‘FE Expert’ column originally published in ‘FE Week’ on 30th May 2014.) Whether …

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Andrew Morris celebrates the gradual advance of evidence-based practice… We’re all evidence-based now – or so it would seem judging by the frequency with which the phrase crops up in current affairs programmes, ministerial claims and mission statements. In all …

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Colin Forrest, Mike Cooper and Carolyn Medlin of the Policy Consortium discuss some of the potential questions and issues arising about Ofsted’s complaints system, as described in the preceding edition of FE Week. In a previous article for FE Week, …

Appeals and complaints to Ofsted – consultancy for free? Read More »

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Colin Forrest, Carolyn Medlin and Mike Cooper of the Policy Consortium analyse what Sir Michael Wilshaw’s Ofsted Annual Report for 2012/13 says about further education and college improvement. This is an extended version of the post ‘Setting the scene for …

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Colin Forrest, Carolyn Medlin and Mike Cooper consider the clues in Ofsted Annual Reports, past and present, as to what impact the Inspectorate has had on improvement in the sector and how well it performs according to its own criteria… …

Setting the scene for the Ofsted Annual Report – and FE improvement Read More »

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Andrew Morris and Ian Nash comment on the latest PISA report As ever, the latest PISA research triggered the usual blame game among politicians. Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, said it amounted to a condemnation of more than a decade of …

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Andrew Morris, member of the Learning and Skills Research Network and the Policy Consortium, discusses the implications of self-improvement, not improvement, for new FE body the Education and Training Framework. Leaders of colleges judged outstanding by Ofsted inspectors say it …

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Andrew Morris explores the potential for a radically new approach to building a research culture in further education. Further education (FE) colleges and other providers are better placed than ever to create a new kind of vocational education and training …

Linking development and research: an opportunity for the new vocational Centre Read More »