Ofsted has a new judgement area: Quality of Education.
This new judgement made its debut in the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF), so it’s still brand new to providers. Basically it means that Ofsted wants providers to demonstrate their curriculum intent, implementation and impact – the three ‘I’s.
The phrase curriculum intent has caused a bit of a stir across the sector, but providers don’t need to panic – it's not a new thing. Training providers have always had to design, plan, deliver and review an apprenticeship curriculum – it's just that they no longer have the rigid guidelines to follow that were part of the old frameworks. The new standards are all about individual learning, so the curriculum should be seen as the provider’s promise to the learner – what they’ll deliver, how they’ll deliver it, and the impact it’ll have.
The ‘curriculum intent’ part is just what providers intend apprentices to learn. It’s as simple as that. Intent is everything up until the point of teaching – the planning stage. When providers have built their curriculum, they need to implement it.
Here are some things to remember when you’re implementing your apprenticeship curriculum:
Ofsted wants all learners to have access to the same high-quality learning opportunities (the same apprenticeship curriculum). But they want providers to implement their curriculum in a personalised way for each learner. To do this, you’ll need to record each apprentice’s starting point in their initial assessment and then implement your delivery in a personalised way that builds on their prior knowledge. As each apprentice progresses, you can use stretch and challenge activities to develop their knowledge further and help them apply what they’ve learned in the workplace – which is what Ofsted wants to see.
‘Leaders deliver the curriculum in a way that allows learners to transfer key knowledge to long-term memory and apply them fluently and consistently.’ Ofsted Education Inspection Framework
You can be reasonably flexible in how you implement your curriculum, as long as learning is delivered in a relevant, individualised and sequenced way. To do this, you can set milestones that lead up to a defined end point, and use reviews to measure the learner’s progress towards them. When you know how learners are progressing at each milestone, you can adapt your implementation to build on their knowledge or fill any gaps. These reviews will help you measure the impact of your curriculum too.
‘Teachers use assessment to check learners’ understanding in order to inform teaching. The curriculum is sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what learners know and can do and learners can work towards defined end points.’ EIF
Another thing to mention is staff knowledge. Ofsted wants to see evidence that your curriculum intent is fully communicated and understood by your staff. They also want to see that staff are qualified and have the up-to-date skills needed to deliver the curriculum.
‘Teachers have expert knowledge of the subject they teach. If they do not, they are supported to address gaps so that learners are not disadvantaged.’ EIF
In short, your apprenticeship curriculum implementation should be:
The flexibility that comes with an apprenticeship curriculum gives you the opportunity to be creative, meet the needs of employers and have a real impact on learners. And with the right tools to hand, it doesn’t have to be a challenge either.
With OneFile’s apprenticeship software, you can deliver individualised learning the way Ofsted wants you to. You can record learner starting points during the initial assessment... track learner progression towards milestones... personalise activities to build on prior learning... and measure the impact of your curriculum with customised reports.
To find out how you can use OneFile to implement your apprenticeship curriculum, download your ultimate guide to the three ‘I’s – OneFile style.
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