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Accurate and effective initial assessment is an area that many further education providers can still improve further. Initial assessment is about knowing your learners in order to be able to support them appropriately. It does not just 'happen' but must be planned and carried out in such a way that learners and provider staff (as well as guardians and employers) can see what the benefits are.
There are a possible three quality improvement actions that you can consider for improving your initial assessment, take a look at each and decide how you could use or adapt them to plan improvements to your provision. You will look at what initial assessment is for, the appropriateness of your current system, how you train staff in initial assessment and how you take into account the needs of learners in planning staff training. Please look at the relevant Building Better Practice and Good Practice Database examples for this area as these highlight what Ofsted inspections have identified as particularly effective practice from providers. Each action includes an activity plan for you to adapt for use with your staff. This is a Word document that can be adapted to form a template for organising improvement activities. The activity plan may be linked to resources such as handouts and link to Building Better Practice and Good Practice Database examples for you to consider with your colleagues. There is a blank AQI action plan that you can use and adapt to help manage your improvements, containing review points and a suggested 'RAG' system to help keep you on target. Please also remember to do a search on the Excellence Gateway which contains many useful links to the quality improvement work of other agencies and highlights up-to-date examples of effective practice in the Further Education sector.
You can find this page and download any referenced resources from the Excellence Gateway at http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/5CEF37A2-97DD-483F-AA30-6D814951753D.
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