Having spoken to Chris Jones to get Ofsted’s take on Curriculum Intent, and FE News’ Gavin O’Meara to get the thoughts of one of the leading voices in the FE sector, we wanted to find out how college principals themselves view what the new Education Inspection Framework has to say about curriculum, and in particular how they are using Labour Market Insight to achieve success.
In the video below, we caught up with Suzanne Duncan, Principal and CEO of East Durham College, to get her take, and in particular how they have been using our Course Vision tool to plan a curriculum that reflects projected job demand in the local area. A transcript of Suzanne’s comments is below the video:
What do you think Ofsted are hoping to see from colleges when they talk about Curriculum Intent?
I think every inspection framework has had an element of intent in terms of the curriculum, what the curriculum intends to deliver to learners, will it help learners achieve their next positive progression in terms of their destinations. So, I don’t see a great deal of difference in my college in terms of how we will approach that.
We’ve always had a real focus on making sure that what we deliver results in the right outcomes for learners and that they progress to an apprenticeship, HE, the next level of study, or into employment. We’ve always used Labour Market Intelligence from Emsi to help us determine what that is.
How does East Durham College use Labour Market Insight to shape its curriculum?
We use Emsi LMI to help identify where there is demand for local skills. We’ve used that particularly to help shape student demand for courses. Two areas in particular that we’ve looked at are construction, and catering and hospitality, where LMI shows there are definitely jobs, and future predictions show that there are definitely jobs in that area.
We’ve taken that information, and used it alongside employers in schools to help deliver career specific recruitment events in schools. That has had a real impact on student enrolment in this academic year.
How has East Durham College been using Emsi’s Curriculum Planning tool, Course Vision?
We trained all managers in Course Vision, we had Emsi staff in to train all curriculum managers, and it’s embedded into the curriculum planning process. The vice principal of curriculum leads on this. She asks curriculum managers specific questions relating to which courses they want to grow, which courses they think should be removed from the curriculum and always refers to labour market intelligence to justify the curriculum decisions that we make.
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?