One of the founding members of GTA England, South West Durham Training, is celebrating the first ‘outstanding’ Ofsted inspection in the network following a year of dedicated improvements. We recently also celebrated yet another very strong grade 2 inspection outcome with the Merseyside Maritime Group.

On a consistent basis, Members of GTA England have posted results well in excess of the national averages. With no grade 4 outcomes in the network, and 90% of all outcomes being “good” at grade 2 compared with 51% for all Providers. Also, only 5% of outcomes have been recorded at grade 3 “requires Improvement” compared with 38% for all Providers. However, an outstanding judgement across all outcomes that include overall effectiveness, outcomes for learners, quality of teaching, learning and assessment and effectiveness of leadership and management, has eluded the network so far in the current regime of the common inspection framework.

The Ofsted inspectors were so impressed with the centre’s practice in the use of data and the teaching of English and Maths that these are to be recognised as two areas of best practice for providers across the country to learn from. GTA members need not worry about missing out on these nuggets from SWDT as plans are being made to hold master classes for members in these areas.

Trevor Alley, Chief Executive of SWDT and part time Ofsted inspector, said: “Having spent the past 10 years as an Ofsted inspector, I knew only too well what was required to improve the training environment at SWDT – I’m thrilled that the inspectors recognised the hard work and commitment shown by not only our staff but also the learners. I would also like to make mention
of the Peer Review activity provided by GTA England which helped immensely in our journey in making improvements.”

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