Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework brings in the concept of the three I’s — Intent, Implementation and Impact — with Intent underpinning everything. But what does this mean for colleges in terms of their curriculum planning, and how is Labour Market Insight critical to it?
We spoke to a number of leaders in the Further Education sector — Ofsted’s Chris Jones, the Principals of Basingstoke College of Technology and East Durham College, Anthony Bravo and Suzanne Duncan, Gavin O’Meara from FE News, and our very own Director of Education, John Gray — to get their thoughts and opinions. You can find out their answers in the video below, and read a transcript of their comments under that.
Chris Jones, HMI Specialist Advisor for Further Education & Skills, Ofsted:
“What’s most interesting for me about it is that it gives providers an absolute opportunity to really nail down what it is that they are about as providers, to really give clarity about the purpose for the education and training that you provide.
Labour market information is important because what it does is to tell you as a provider about the range of opportunities that are available for young people and adults within your locality and within the wider region.”
Anthony Bravo, Principal and CEO, Basingstoke College of Technology:
“For me, curriculum intent is about making sure our curriculum meets the needs of local and regional employers, and can ensure it makes real impact so that our students complete their courses with us, and have the skills and knowledge to actually fill the identified skills gaps within our area and can then support the local and regional economic development. LMI tells us where we need to be looking.”
Gavin O’Meara, CEO, FE News:
“I think that the changes which Ofsted have brought in are really, really interesting, particularly with where we go from frameworks to standards. We’ve got the 3Is which Ofsted are mentioning, which is intent, implementation and impact. I think what’s really interesting is the underpinning of all of that is going to be the intent as to where we can move to with learners and what is actually going to mean about their learner journey.”
Suzanne Duncan, Principal and Chief Executive Officer, East Durham College:
“We use Emsi labour market intelligence to help identify where there is demand for local skills. We’ve used that particularly to help shape our student demand for courses. Two areas in particular that we’ve looked at are construction and catering and hospitality, where labour market intelligence shows there are definitely jobs and future predictions show that there are definitely jobs in that area.”
John Gray, Director of Further Education, Emsi UK:
“Curriculum intent and labour market information are critical. Without using labour market information to get a really good baseline and understanding of what’s happening in the local economy, it’s going to be really difficult to showcase to Ofsted that you’re actually meeting the intent of that curriculum.
I say colleges need to get a really good benchmark, you need to understand where you are now and where you’re moving to. By doing that, you can you can show the distance travelled and you can actually use data to show that you’re meeting the skills needs of the economy.”
To find out more about how LMI can help your college to achieve curriculum intent, why not sign up to our webinar series where we’ll be exploring this in more detail?