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Changing the inspection
system for the better
Ofsted framework will ensure institutions
offer improved skills across the sector
t is true to say that the UK needs to
change its ideas about post-16
education and training, and that
the recession has brought that aspect
into sharper focus. A new inspection
ASA has identified five environments that aim to improve coaching framework from Ofsted will reflect the
need for a fresh look at skills and how
New framework unveiled by ASA
young people acquire them.
As a sector, hospitality, leisure,
Four-year scheme to establish new coaching system
travel and tourism has the capacity to
make a real difference for those who
By Luke Tuchscherer ment Framework for Teaching may have struggled with conventional
and Coaching in England learning, and offers ample opportunity
A new framework to provide a 2009-2013' scheme, which will to increase vocational skills, as well as
world class coaching environ- focus on five environments: the 'functional' skills of numeracy, gareth edwards
ment for England's teachers beginners, talent development, literacy, team work and initiative. is education direc-
and coaches has been launched high performance, participa- For employers, a more highly skilled tor at springboard
by the Amateur Swimming tion and potential participants. workforce will mean higher UK. Leisure Oppor-
Association (ASA). The national governing body productivity and, in the private sector, tunites is the offi-
The ASA's Coaching System said that previous systems have greater competitiveness. In the current cial recruitment
Team launched the scheme – had the education and climate, it's a chance to help ensure magazine for
which aims to develop a "new qualification of coaches as their survival and a preparedness to take springboard UK
coaching system" – at its main focus, whereas "the new advantage when the upturn comes.
annual conference. framework is all about Inspectors will have more chances to talk to employers and
The ASA said that teachers developing the potential of learners and, therefore, more weighting will be placed on the
and coaches across all disci- participants by creating responses that these groups give. Both groups will also be able
plines and the wider coaching coaches who can promote to respond via email prior to the inspection process. This will
workforce will benefit as a learning through ownership, help how colleges take into account local skill levels and
result of 'The ASA Develop- awareness and responsibility". demand, and the extent to which individual programmes
increase the learners' vocational skills and employability.
The inspectors will also be able to vary their visits so that
New tool from Sports Leaders UK
the frequency will be more 'proportionate to risk'; a relief for
the well-organised and efficient colleges and a warning for
Sports Leaders UK has young candidates wanting to those who consistently fail to deliver. Crucially, while all will
unveiled a free teaching tool work in active leisure and now be considered for inspection every year, those who are not
developed to celebrate the sport the opportunity to reaching the required standards will have the chance to rectify
London 2012 Games. explore the values of the faults and raise the impact of improvement quickly.
Katharine Merry – bronze games and understand how A sample of outstanding performers will be selected annually,
medal winner for the 400m they impact everyday life. ensuring that all providers are inspected at least once every six
sprint at the 2000 Sydney The new resource will be years. It's also important to note these inspections can happen
Olympics – was part of the offered as a free download at any time and with short notice, normally two to three weeks.
team launching the tool at via the Sports Leaders UK Inspectors will now also be able to take into account the
this year's Leisure Industry website for schools, colleges, different size and range of provision offered, thus determining
Week (LIW) held in Birming- local authority sports the composition of the inspection team and will allow for more
ham in September. development teams and other specialists to be involved.
The new Sports Leaders UK organisations registered with Whatever this initiative delivers, it has to be fair for all with
resource is designed to give Sports Leaders UK. the learner taking centre stage, rather than the organisational
framework that has dominated in the past.
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