We have been developing Stedfast for the last 3 years to meet the quality assurance requirements of technical and vocational education and training providers. However, it has been developed as an OfSTED quality assurance management system.
What is the focus of Stedfast?
Stedfast is an online platform that is constantly evolving to meet the challenges of quality assurance for education and training providers. Its current main modules are:
Outcomes Assessment – This is an extremely powerful tool that lets education and training providers create and manage strategic plans, self-assessments and programme reviews. It allows organisations to measure and report on the progress against the framework, compliance, learning and self-created outcomes. Staff collaborate on setting measures and targets, adding findings and action planning continual improvement.
Observation of Teaching, Learning and Assessment allows organisations to manage all aspects of their OTLA. They can create OTLA templates, schedule observations, complete observations, provide observer and observee comments and actions and report on trends.
Staff Management – this module supports the professional management of staff. Job roles can be created with professional standards/requirements and key performance indicators. It provides a full CPD request/record feature that allows staff and administrators to align CPD with their professional standards.
Policy and Procedure Management allows organisations to manage all policies and procedures on a single platform. Policies are centrally managed, can be created collaboratively, and have update notifications and access management.
Risk Assessment – This is a simple risk register. Organisations can plan, conduct and manage all risk assessments
Stedfast Future Developments
We know that quality assurance in education and training constantly changes, and we want Stedfast to change with it. This is why we listen to our users and work closely with them to understand their needs and how we can keep developing this OfSTED quality assurance management system.
We are also in the process of completely updating the platform. We are making it responsive to be used on any laptop, PC, tablet or phone. This is a major help to organisations conducting observation of teaching, learning and assessment using Stedfast.
The launch of the new platform is due at the start of September 2018.