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Sample LIS publications
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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A series of Masterclasses have been planned, each limited to a maximum of 15 participants. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Those attending should be managers with the authority to implement improvement when they go back to their colleges. The Masterclasses can also be delivered on-site for relevant staff in a single college as part of an institutional improvement plan. Each includes electronic copies of all the adaptable paperwork you will need to improve your provision.

1.   Improving teaching, learning and assessment through exemplary systems with observations that bring about long-term change in staff performance - includes guidance on effective observations, different types of observation, themed walk-throughs, benefits of no notice observations to see the true picture of teaching and learning, moderating observations, training observers, using sub-grading to promote improvement, ungraded observations, self-assessment of teaching by teachers, lesson planning, methods of checking learning, identifying and sharing good practice, what makes outstanding teaching and management of outstanding teaching. Will include English and maths best practice.  (full-day) 

2.   Producing a self-assessment report that truly reflects your provision and leads to improvement planning that moves you forward (includes position statements and the role of governors) getting the right people involved, top-down approach versus a bottom-up one, challenges of multi-sites, challenges of multi-areas of learning, mini-SARs, programmes of study, an overall SAR that is used in improvement work, quality over quantity, using the evidence that should be available, user voice/learner experience, governors and moderation, structure and grading beyond the CIF, importance of demonstrating movement since the last inspection, prioritising improvement planning, linking the SAR and the strategic plan (full-day). This includes a SAR template and exemplars

3.   Embedding an awareness of equality and diversity in your learners through their induction and the curriculum (includes training for staff and governors) the key areas that should be covered, exercises to raise awareness, readable policies and procedures, naturally occurring ways to reinforce E&D in the curriculum, creating an ED box in curriculum areas, creating an inclusive learning environment, work-based learning reviews, attracting underrepresented groups into training, using performance data, governing bodies (full-day) 

4.   Using feedback to improve your provision (particularly the voice of learners) - includes staff, employers and governors, what questions to ask and when, open versus closed questions, key reference questions, focus groups, compliments and complaints, exemplary procedures for dealing with complaints, challenges of getting feedback from employers, you said, we did, using feedback to promote and demonstrate improvement, using feedback effectively in self-assessment reporting (half-day) 

5.   Using course reviews to monitor and improve your provision setting up a course review system, what data needs to be collected and how/when to use it, continuous versus end of course only review, what you can get from a review, using the review to manage good team delivery, views of learners and employers, from recruitment through to destination of learners (half-day) 

6.   Monitoring and improving subcontracted work-based learning provision why have subcontracted provision? What needs to be monitored, identifying areas to improve, using observation to monitor and improve teaching, learning, assessment and reviews, establishing learner feedback and complaints systems, annual mini inspection and self-assessment, sharing good practice and resources (half-day)

7.  Attendance and punctuality policy, getting learners on board, charters, targets, learner references, what your college/institution should be saying as a message to learners, a poster campaign, celebrating high attendance, knowing the impact of low attendance (half-day)

8.  Safeguarding, Prevent and British Values covered from the point of view of training staff to give them confidence to cascade train to their learners as well as the messages that you should be giving learners through poster campaigns, tutorials, apprentice reviews and including in teaching and learning. We will be sharing good practice and resources either as half-day sessions on each of the three topics or as a very full day to cover all three (half-day or full-day)

What is the difference between LIS Masterclasses and other conferences?

Simply, what you will come away with at the end of the day. These are not talking shops with an expert wheeled out every 20 minutes. There will be a practical focus on the how to, rather than the more visionary this is what is needed approach,  that tells you what needs to be achieved but gives little guidance on how to actually get there. You will learn from someone who has not only been graded outstanding twice himself, but who has made a major contribution to the sector through his inspection and good practice work. You will understand the very best systems and practice, and how these can be applied to bring about improvements in your own college. As well as receiving a wide-ranging coverage of the Masterclass topic that encapsulates the best practice of the whole further education sector, you will have the chance to check your understanding and receive electronic resources that are licensed to be adapted and used in your college.

You will also be facilitated to network and make supportive new contacts with other participants, who will be working in their colleges to promote similar improvements to you. There is far too much reinventing of wheels in the sector rather than sharing development and lessons learnt from implementation. If ever there was a win-win method of staff development and quality improvement, this is it.

 To register your interest in any one of the above Masterclasses email