OTL Visits

We have now embarked on a schedule of Observation of Teaching, Learning and Assessment for the Key2Apprenticeships programme.  Each K2A provider will be visited at least once.  This process is being supported by consultants at QTS who are previous and current Ofsted inspectors. Share Kelso, programme co-ordinator, will be accompanying them and observing to build her own CPD points.

After each visit a report will be prepared for that site and every tutor and assessor seen will receive individual feedback. The process is guaranteed to highlight good practice and develop ideas for continual improvement.

Up to 20 visits will be completed over the coming months. At the end of the process common themes for QIP will be determined, allowing us to focus time and resource in any areas the K2A programme can benefit from across the board.

6 step process for improving attendance

Attendance is unarguably a persistent area for improvement across all Key To Apprenticeships (K2A) delivery but there are pockets of best practice that we can learn from. K2A provider, Young Person’s Opportunities Project (YPOP) has very good rates of attendance. Anastasia Johnson, director at YPOP shares the 6 features of their no-nonsense approach to tackling absence and punctuality:


  1. Three members of staff share responsibility for addressing morning attendance: the office manager, the pastoral care manager, and an administrative assistant.
  2. The administrative assistance visits every class at the centre by 9.15am each day to see which students are missing
  3. The office manager phones the off-site training centres to check if any students haven’t arrived by 9.15am
  4. The parents or carers of students who have not arrived are informed by phone
  5. If there is no response from the parent/carer, the pastoral care manager carries out a home visit
  6. Students who are absent without just good reason are sent a letter which informs them that they will lose their place if they do not improve. This letter is sent to their home address which gets the parents/carers on side.

These methods mimic procedures at school and may seem regimented but they produce the desired results for YPOP.

What works for you? If you’ve got tips for tackling absence, or want to share your thoughts on what works and what doesn’t, please comment below.