Navigating the Ofsted inspection process

Preparing for an Ofsted inspection of your degree apprenticeship provision

10 October, 40 Queen Street, London

In April 2021 Ofsted became responsible for inspecting apprenticeship provision at all levels, including universities. For most UKHEIs this bought Ofsted into much larger parts of their portfolio – where only foundation degrees were previously in scope. The inspection of universities was then delayed due to Covid-19 and many are now experiencing inspection for the first time.

This interactive workshop provides a background of what inspectors are looking for and how to prepare for inspection. We will also cover how discrete parts of the organization (such as business schools) are a part of inspections which cover the whole organization, what should be covered locally and what a provider might organize centrally.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the workshop participants will have gained:

  • A deeper understanding of the inspection process including who is likely to be involved and resources that are available to support preparations.
  • Insights into how to prepare people for the rhythm of the inspection, what is likely to happen when and how this time can be managed to respond as the process develops.
  • An awareness of how business schools are involved within the context of provider wide inspections.

Group Booking Discount: Bring colleagues and save 20%

Speakers include:

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Dr Ed Thompson
Faculty Director of Apprenticeships, Leicester Castle Business School

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Jonathan Lawson
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

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Dr Rhidian Lewis
Associate Dean Enterprise and Employability, University of Bedfordshire Business School

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Dr Helen Charlton
Head of Apprenticeships, Newcastle Business School

09:30

Registration and refreshments

10:00

Welcome and introductions

Jonathan Lawson, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School (workshop Chair)

10:10

Ofsted inspections, where we are and what is on the horizon

Dr Ed Thompson, Faculty Director of Apprenticeships, Leicester Castle Business School

11:30

Break

11:45

Who does what before and during an inspection

Dr Rhidian Lewis, Associate Dean Enterprise and Employability, University of Bedfordshire Business School

13:00

Lunch

14:00

Experiences of inspection: Group discussions

In this session participants will be asked to pool their thoughts about the key challenges/practicalities of an Ofsted inspection. These views will be collated (delphi style) into one output which will then be turned back into individual action plans for each participant.

Dr Helen Charlton, Head of Apprenticeships, Newcastle Business School

15:00

Break

15:15

Summation and feedback

Led by the Chair

15:45

Close

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Dr Helen Charlton
Head of Apprenticeships, Newcastle Business School

Dr Helen Charlton is Head of Apprenticeships at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University. An experienced HRM practitioner, Helen has taught on undergraduate and postgraduate business programmes for over a decade, and has led management apprenticeships since their introduction. Helen’s research interests include the experience of engagement with higher education for work based learners, particularly within apprenticeships, and the management of apprenticeships within business contexts. In addition, she is active in exploring contemporary higher education practices, the use of technology in HE, and the application of knowledge to professional practice within human resource management.

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Dr Ed Thompson
Faculty Director of Apprenticeships, Leicester Castle Business School

As Faculty Director of Apprenticeships, Ed manages the operations and development of apprenticeships in Business and Law. Ed also chairs the Programme Management Board for Executive Education and Apprenticeships and has successfully validated programmes in Crowd Management for corporate clients.

Ed’s current research focuses on the synthesis of Actor-Network Theory in the context of planning for and responding to crises, and the role of highly inscribed boundary objects in situations of uncertainty. Other areas of research include the investigation of public participation in democratic processes from those who are a part of disenfranchised groups such as the homeless and those in care, and the effects of austerity on resilience capabilities and mental health services. Prior to joining DMU Ed worked in the public sector assessing contract compliance and investigating safeguarding issues in the area of adult social care.

Ed has been a school governor in Leicester for more than 10 years and has served in two large secondary schools as Chair of Governors, he is now Chair of the board of Directors for Aspire Learning Partnership, a Multi Academy Trust in Leicester.

Ed is also a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency's Designated Quality Body.

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Dr Tara Goddard
Director of Degree Apprenticeships, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth

I am a Senior Teaching Fellow in Marketing and Director of Undergraduate Marketing Courses. In addition to teaching I am engaged in curriculum development. I also regularly represent the Marketing subject area at University Open Days.

Before joining the staff at Portsmouth I studied and tutored at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where I completed my PhD on the theme of social media engagement.

I also taught at the University of the West Indies in Barbados, during which time my analysis of student feedback on the university’s marketing program was published in The Caribbean Teacher Scholar.

In addition to my higher education experience in the UK, I have a variety of business experience gained in the Caribbean.

I am passionate about teaching. I use blended learning methods to develop my students’ skills for success. My teaching is grounded in business experience, utilising my professional skills in teaching and assessment plus my track record of marketing consultancy to product- and service-based organisations. My methods have been described by students as “excellent and exciting.”

For the academic year 2017/18, I won the Faculty of Business and Law’s ‘Best Newcomer’ award for my enthusiasm, links to certifications in the Digital Marketing module, the use of our Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) room, and the applied and highly relevant material delivered in my modules.

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Dr Rhidian Lewis
Associate Dean Enterprise and Employability, University of Bedfordshire Business School

Following a career in project management and management consultancy I became a member of academic staff in 2002. Initially I was responsible for the development and delivery of a number of business and management subjects including project management, management consultancy skills and organisation development.

My interest in public sector management resulted in me directing the Centre for Fire Service Research and Professional Development at Anglia Ruskin University which developed and delivered academic and training courses to the Fire and Rescue Services across the United Kingdom. In 2010 I took over the management of the Postgraduate Law courses at Anglia Ruskin University and taught on numerous business law subjects.

I joined the University of Bedfordshire in October 2013 where I took portfolio leadership for the LLM courses. I have been Head of the Department of Strategy and Management in 2014-2017 and also the Faculty lead for Corporate Education and our Apprenticeships portfolio before my current role.

This workshop is designed for those within UK business schools with responsibility for apprenticeship strategy and delivery.

This workshop takes place at the Chartered ABS Event Space at 40 Queen Street.

40 Queen Street
London
EC4R 1DD

Accommodation

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