How to implement your apprenticeship curriculum
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.
When you’ve built your curriculum, you need to implement it.
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:
- Delivered by expert tutors or teachers
- Individualised to each apprentice
- Delivered in a sequenced way that builds on knowledge
- Adapted to the apprentice’s rate of learning and ability
- Guided through milestones to a defined end point
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.
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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