We are delighted to share receiving the highest possible accolade in the education industry following our recent converted short inspection from Ofsted. This is an exciting time for Weir Training, especially with the recent Apprenticeship reforms. We wanted to share with you what being an ‘Outstanding’ provider actually means.
Who is Ofsted?
Ofsted are the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services, and Skills. They are a government authority, that inspect and regulate the delivery of education and services to learners of all ages. They conduct inspections weekly throughout England. A report is generated based on their observations, which is then verified and uploaded to their website.
The primary focus of Ofsted is to ensure standards are met with delivery of educational services. The word Ofsted often sends chills down any educational professional, however this should not be the case. Their focus is the same as ours, to achieve and recognise excellence in education. en published online.
Ofsted are responsible for the following:
- Inspecting maintained schools and academies, some independent schools, and many other educational institutions and programmes outside of higher education
- Inspecting childcare, adoption and fostering agencies and initial teacher training
- Publishing reports of our findings so they can be used to improve the overall quality of education and training
- Regulating a range of early years and children’s social care services, making sure they’re suitable for children and potentially vulnerable young people
- Reporting to policymakers on the effectiveness of these services
Okay, so now we know who Ofsted are, what does an ‘Outstanding’ report mean?
Following an inspection of an Independent Training Provider, a grade is provided dependent on the findings during the inspection. These grades range from 1 (outstanding), 2 (good), 3 (satisfactory) or 4 (requires improvement).
A number of factors are considered by the inspectors when allocating grades in 6 areas: effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; outcomes for learners; and overall effectiveness.
Training Providers must prove they care for their learners and how they stretch and challenge them in their learning journey. There is also a major focus on improving their chances at employment and their general welfare, through ‘British Values’.
Weir Training Ltd’s official report details our provision and how we were recognised as an outstanding provider, it also details how we cement relationships with employers, Apprentices and external organisations. It further explains how Weir Training have driven forward since our previous inspection, including outcomes for learners.
Another highlight of our report is Apprentices make excellent progress in their jobs, often gaining promotion, and many continue their training, Robust quality improvement, by directors, manager and training specialists, has apprentices’ progress at its heart, and includes prompt actions to remedy weaknesses.
Please click the link below to access our Ofsted report.