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Using Stedfast for FE Self-Assessment and Quality Improvement Planning

Ensuring robust self-assessment is vital to any apprenticeship training organisation. It allows the organisation to identify what is being done well and what needs improvement. It also gives OfSTED the confidence that the organisation is working to their inspection standards.

However, for many organisations, developing and managing the self-assessment report and quality improvement plan is less than robust and completed by sending documents from one staff member to another.

How does Stedfast help?

Stedfast streamlines the OfSTED self-assessment process and quality improvement planning. It ensures that all aspects of the common inspection framework are addressed, and the process is completed collaboratively with ownership taken by different staff members.

Essentially, using the Outcomes Assessment application, the OfSTED Further education and skills inspection handbook is used to create a set of outcomes. Each of these is then given targets and measures allocated to individual staff members that form the assessment plan team.

Staff add their findings, identify strengths and areas for improvement, and actions that feed into the quality improvement plan. Users will also be reminded when work or actions are outstanding, and reports are available to the administrator to track the progress of assessment plans.

Stedfast also creates self-assessment reports and quality improvement plans that can then be submitted to OfSTED.

We also designed Stedfast to allow users to upload evidence for their findings. This is a really important feature as it supports organisations when being inspected by OfSTED as they are able to justify their findings rather than just make bold statements without being able to justify them.

Accessing Stedfast

Organisations can sign up by visiting the sign-up page You will be able to access the system for free. Stedfast is low cost but greatly impacts any organisation that OfSTED inspects.

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