Appris Graded Good with Outstanding for PDBW by Ofsted

Following the recent Ofsted inspection in November 2017, we are excited to announce that Appris have achieved an overall grade of Good. In addition to this, we were awarded Outstanding for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare.

Kenny Stoddart, Operations Director stated “We are absolutely delighted with the findings of the recent Ofsted inspection.  The report has recognised the high level of engineering skills our apprentices achieve and how this is appreciated by employers.

The positive wording of the report, such as ‘Staff reinforce rigorously high professional standards.’ and  ‘Apprentices and learners display exemplary attitudes and behaviours which their employers value highly.’ is especially pleasing in relation to our Outstanding grade for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare.

Work has already started on improving the areas of the provision highlighted in the report and the journey towards outstanding at our next inspection is well underway.”

The full report can be accessed here.

The key finding from the report are:

  • Leaders and trustees have taken effective action to resolve the majority of weaknesses identified at the previous inspection; this has resulted in marked improvements in the quality of provision for apprentices and the outcomes that they achieve.
  • Leaders and staff maintain very effective partnerships with employers and meet workforce training and development needs well.
  • Before they join their programme, prospective apprentices experience highly effective advice and guidance that places them with employers and on programmes that meet their needs and career ambitions.
  • Employers provide high levels of support and challenging work that enable apprentices and adult learners to improve their skills well in their workplaces.
  • Tutors establish apprentices’ practical skills levels effectively and set them challenging training and assessment tasks that enable a high proportion to develop their practical skills beyond those required for their qualification.
  • The large majority of apprentices and adult learners make good progress from their starting points; a high proportion achieve within the planned timescale.
  • Apprentices develop very good attitudes; they behave exceptionally well, treating peers, employers and staff with tolerance and respect.
  • Staff take very effective steps to ensure that apprentices develop an excellent understanding of British values; apprentices discuss confidently the importance of these in their work and everyday lives.
  • Apprentices have very good access to enrichment activities and additional qualifications that support them particularly well to develop their careers.
  • When teaching theory, tutors do not ensure consistently that all apprentices have understood key learning points before moving on to new activities.
  • Progress reviews carried out in apprentices’ workplaces do not provide apprentices with sufficient challenge about the specific skills and work competences that they should focus on and practise.
  • Tutors do not establish sufficiently apprentices’ existing levels of skill and individual needs in English and mathematics at the start of their programmes.
  • Too many apprentices receive insufficient support and challenge to improve their English skills.