Outcomes and Success Rate Measures for FE & Skills

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Understanding the Calculations, Linkages & Requirements for Success

Under the 2012 Common Inspection Framework there are fewer judgement areas and far greater emphasis on the quality of teaching and learning than ever before. There is also a clear linkage between provider outcomes or success rates and the grade awarded for ‘teaching, learning and assessment’. During inspection, Inspectors will be expected to cross reference their ‘teaching, learning and assessment’ grade recommendations to the providers’ ‘outcomes for learners’ grade.  In all practical terms this is likely to mean that achieving a good or outstanding grade for ‘teaching, learning and assessment’ will also require good or outstanding success rates unless the Provider is in a strong position to challenge this.    

HOWEVER Success Rates are not the exclusive determinants in deciding the grade for ‘outcomes for learners’ and where providers have an in-depth understanding of how both the ‘outcomes for learners’ and the ‘success rate measures’ calculations work, they will be in the best position possible to challenge any ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ grade suggestions for ‘teaching learning and assessment’.

Whilst data is still the key determinant for inspection grades and re-contracting of programmes there is now greater scope for looking at other indicators of outcomes. 

This workshop explores the rationale and workings behind the data calculations and the linkages between success rates, ‘outcomes for learners’ and ‘teaching learning and assessment’ inspection grades. It also considers how providers can present their data to best effect during self assessment, inspection and/or contract renewal. 

The workshop also explains in detail how the success rate measures actually work. Whilst the high-level explanation of the calculations makes them look relatively simple and straightforward, the detailed working that underpins the calculations is for many, highly complicated and confusing. 

Providers need to be certain that everything from programme profiling to performance tracking and measurement uses the same interpretation of data as the official data - so it is imperative that the rules are understood.   For lead providers and consortia with subcontracted provision it is essential that this understanding extends to the subcontractors too and that their data returns are robust. 

In addition, Providers should ensure that they can validate and ratify the official published data to ensure it is correct. Where official data is considered to be in error Providers will have been expected to have challenged and effected correction at the time of publication - disputing the data during inspection, or performance review, is too late.

It is imperative that all those involved with programmes, especially: profiling, performance, financial returns, contracting, data and self-assessment understand the detailed workings of the issues outlined above.

This workshop provides an in-depth and essential understanding of how to calculate success rates and brings participants up-to-date with the latest rules and interpretations for ‘outcomes for learners’ under the 2012 Common Inspection framework

For Whom

This workshop is primarily designed for managers and staff of FE Colleges and Vocational Training Providers who have responsibility for Contracting, Self-Assessment, Data, Performance, Quality Improvement and associated action-planning across all programmes.   

The workshop is also considered valuable for all those within infrastructure organisations and Lead Providers who really should have a robust understanding of the Success Rate calculations.

Please note that most of the examples used are based on and around Apprenticeship data

Aims and Objectives

As a result of the workshop successful participants will gain a detailed understanding of the following measures and the calculations that underpin them:

Secondly, participants will understand, or understand better 

Delegate Comments

'Excellent understanding of success rates and apprenticeship performance data.'
Vice Principal, Wirral Metropolitan College

'Very good, worthwhile attending.'
Quality Manager, Progress to Excellence Ltd

'Essential to understanding data requirements in preparation for Ofsted Inspection and in managing timely success.'
MIS Manager, Walsall Adult & Community College

'Very good in understanding Ofsted Inspections - what to expect, how to challenge and get your data ready!!! Facilitator tells it how it is - very good.'
Contracts Manager, St Helens College


The workshop commences by ensuring all participants understand the requirements of the Common Inspection Framework in relation to outcomes and the relationship with teaching and learning. 

Emphasis in the afternoon is on making sure participants understand both the calculations underpinning the key measures and, equally importantly, the factors and issues that may have some impact on the calculations and need to be considered simultaneously.

The afternoon session will concentrate on group review and discussion of data.

Participants wishing to explore their data with the group setting should bring their own Provider Gateway data in PDF form on a memory stick to enable it to be displayed on the main screen. 

The workshop will look in detail at the Provider Gateway, how to navigate, analyse and use the data within.

Content for the afternoon includes:

This session will also explore some of the basic actions that can contribute to improved performance including:

Internal Staff Training and Development

This training workshop, along with most of our other best practice training workshops, can be delivered as an internal training course at your premises. Even with groups as small as 6-8 delegates, the course fees per person for internal training workshops can be lower than for open events. The potential savings are even greater, if the travel time and the travel costs of the delegates are included.

Running training workshops internally is very convenient and it allows the participants to explore how key issues will impact on them and their organization. Then as a team they can begin to agree upon a development action plan, with priorities. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it combines a high quality service with excellent value for money and is a highly effective route for staff development.

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