Month September 2016

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The ultimate transparency for college group structures

An article in the TES FE reveals that the Education Funding Agency (EFA) will now allow each NCG Division to submit separate data returns via separate UK Learning Provider Reference Numbers (UKPRNs) for EFA-funded provision from 2016-17 onwards.

Our CEO, Joe Docherty, expresses his views on the much-anticipated change:

“This provides the ultimate transparency for group structures, but for me it is about more than just transparency. The counterpart to transparency is accountability, and by collecting and publishing data at division (or college) level, and with Ofsted committed to moving to inspections at that level, as CEO I can devolve more responsibility to college principals in the knowledge NCG itself will not itself be inspected.

This is allowing us to move away from a command and control model, with faster responsiveness, better performance and the improved culture which follows.”

Joe Docherty, CEO of NCG.

Read the full story from TES FE here.

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NCG Colleges assessed as Grade 2 Good by Ofsted

Summary of key findings from the report

• The chief executive has successfully established a more collaborative and consultative management culture that effectively engages and motivates
staff and partners for the benefit of learners.

• Learners develop a good range of vocational and practical skills, and a high proportion progress to apprenticeships, work or higher-level study.

• Governors and senior leaders have invested in high quality, industry-standard resources that help learners make better progress.

• Leaders and managers plan a broad and varied curriculum that is highly responsive to meeting local priorities and employer demand.

• Staff provide excellent support to learners and create a positive rapport in the classrooms.

• Teachers have engaged enthusiastically in the college’s extensive professional development programme with the result that the quality of teaching and learning has improved.

• As a result of leaders’ and managers’ strong focus on continuous improvement across complex and disparate provision, weaknesses identified in the
self-assessment reports have been dealt with.

The full report can be found here.

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