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LIS guidance note on self assessment
LIS exemplar position statement on equality and diversity
Inter-relationship between QI and SAR cycles
LIS guidance note on SSAs at tier 1 and 2
LIS Apprenticeship Progress Review Diamond
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About Phil Hatton



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Lead Quality Improvement Consultant Phil Hatton

The lead learning improvement consultant of the LIS, Phil Hatton, has an honours degree in science and postgraduate qualifications in education and management. He has an exemplary pedigree of attainment and innovation in the further education sector as both a practitioner and an inspector. As a teacher he mentored Certificate in Education students and other lecturers and his teaching materials were used across London through the ILEA teaching resource bank. As a manager he has a track record of being outstanding both times he was inspected by the Further Education Funding Council. At his last inspection, where he was graded outstanding for quality assurance, his systems were described in the report as being exemplary to the sector,  the first time the inspectorate used the term in a report. Those systems did what they should do, evaluated performance of staff, learners and the services of the college, which were carefully monitored and managed by Phil and his quality team. Phil had already written six bestselling textbooks, worked part-time as a journalist and expert witness, developed the very first NVQ with a colleague from City and Guilds and led ground breaking development of Higher National Diplomas. In his first management role he turned around a poorly performing science and maths section in a Kent college, followed by similar work on a larger scale in an Essex college that had the lowest attainment for 16 year olds in the country. Following a research visit he was invited to give two presentations to college principals in Canada.


His work as an inspector has been equally impressive. Phil has led hundreds of inspections, including area inspections, as well as inspections in colleges, independent learning providers, adult and community learning and employers. He was one of the first two part-time FEFC inspectors and one of the first of 20 full-time Training Standards Council (TSC) inspectors. He led on the inspection of quality assurance for TSC and wrote the survey report on Apprenticeships that led to the introduction of technical certificates. During his time with the Adult Learning Inspectorate Phil was one of the first to work with failing providers in the Provider Development Unit, while his innovative survey on engaging employers in the delivery of work-based learning led to him setting up and developing the Good Practice Database, managing the development of the site and the first 200 examples. He regularly wrote articles for the ALI and Ofsted publication Talisman on good practice and quality improvement. In his time at Ofsted Phil has delivered many highly rated presentations to national conferences, was seconded to the Quality Improvement Agency to write the Building Better Practice section and has the unequalled record of leading and writing four surveys for Ofsted in two years, including Ensuring Quality in the Delivery of Apprenticeships in October 2012.


Phil left Ofsted in January 2013 to dedicate the next phase of his career to helping colleges and providers who have a will to improve, to do so. His unrivalled experience and ability to analyse performance puts him in a unique position to get to the nub of the matter and come up with both the right quick and long-term fixes that will improve quality permanently. Any associate inspectors or ex-HMI who work with Phil will be ones he trusts, who he has observed inspecting and who themselves have a record of achievement in education and training. This is unlike some other companies who simply want the business, regardless of their capacity to fulfil it with the right people. The LIS will not overstretch itself, with Phil wanting to have a personal involvement with every project that the Service takes on. Phil wants to work with those organisations that really want to move themselves forward. If you are one of them, use the contact details on the main website page to discuss your needs in confidence with Phil.