Aspire-i Limited Ofsted Report

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Our partnership with Aspire-i for the Study Programme in Keighley underwent an Ofsted inspection from 26-29 January 2016 and achieved a well-deserved ‘Good’ rating for overall effectiveness. Good was achieved in the following areas; effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, outcomes for learners and 16 to 19 study programmes.

Summary of key findings

• Directors and senior managers responded energetically and successfully to the areas of improvement identified at the previous inspection.
• The management of subcontracted provision is now good.
• Directors and senior managers use their good understanding of the region’s economic priorities to ensure that provision meets regional and local needs.
• Managers and learners are well aware of the risks posed by extremism and know how, and to whom, they should report any concerns to.
• Teaching, learning and assessment are consistently good across the provision.
• Learners benefit from very effective careers information, advice and guidance.
• Staff provide comprehensive learning support to help learners overcome their significant personal difficulties and remain on the programme.
• Learners develop good employability skills through supportive work placements that match their career aims well.
• Learners make good progress from their very low starting points, in developing vocational skills and knowledge.
• Learners’ retention and success rates have increased considerably and are mainly high.