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					                                Visits to Classes

As part of our Quality Improvement systems ACLS will carry out visits to classes.
There are two sorts of visits that can take place; a basic class visit or a full
Observation of Teaching and Learning (OTL).

Class Visit

The aims of a class visit are to raise the awareness amongst tutors and learners that
ACLS is providing the course and to check that ACLS procedures are being
followed. For example checking learners have had an induction and received a
learner handbook. Class visits will usually be carried out by either an ACLS
Partnership Worker or Curriculum Leader although other ACLS staff may also carry
out class visits. The person carrying out the visit will want to talk to both the tutor
and the learners.
A Class Visit Record Form will be completed following the visit. Generally this will
comment on what was seen during the visit but not make an overall judgement on
the quality of the provision. However if there are any areas for concern these will be
highlighted and followed up with the provider.
A key part of the Curriculum Leaders role is to support tutors. Therefore when
tutors receive a visit from a Curriculum Leader it should be seen as an opportunity
to discuss in more detail the delivery of the course. This may mean they look more
closely at documents that others carrying out class visits may not look at, for
example lesson plans.

Observation of Teaching and Learning
Observations of Teaching and Learning (OTL) provide ACLS with information on the
quality of its provision. They also help support professional development through
identifying staff development needs and identifying good practice.
 OTLs will usually be carried out by either a member of the ACLS lesson
observation team or larger providers will carry out their own internal OTLs. However
ACLS occasionally contracts with external consultants to carry out OTLs. Tutors
will be observed at least once every 2 years.
Providers and tutors will normally be given 2 weeks notice prior to the lesson
observation. Where possible, verbal feedback will be given to the tutor immediately
following the observation. The final OTL report will be sent to the provider within 7
working days. Lessons will be given one of the following grades:

 •   Grade 1       Outstanding
 •   Grade 2       Good
 •   Grade 3       Satisfactory
 •   Grade 4       Inadequate

Your line manager will then discuss the observation report with you and put an
action plan in place as required. The grade should not be discussed with learners.
Tutors whose lessons are graded as inadequate will, where possible, receive a
follow up observation within 4 months.
Observation of Teaching and Learning Targets

ACLS has set targets for the grades of lessons observed as part of its Quality
Improvement process. For each Area of Learning there is a target for the percentage
of lessons graded as excellent or good (grade 1 or 2) and a target for lessons
graded as satisfactory (grade 3). In all Areas of Learning the target for
unsatisfactory lessons (Grade 4) is 0%. These targets are based on previous year’s
observations of ACLS courses as well as considering national bench mark figures
as outlined in the Chief Inspector of the Adult Learning Inspectorate’s Annual
Report.
It is important that tutors are familiar with the target in their own Area of Learning so
they are aware of the standards expected of them. Just as ACLS work towards
continual Quality Improvement across the whole Service, we also want all tutors
who deliver our programmes to do likewise and aspire to improve their OTL grades
(or maintain if grade 1).

Area of Learning                              Target 2005/2006 (%)
1-Health, Public Services and Care
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good               65
Grade 3-Satisfactory                          35
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                        0
2-Science and Mathematics
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good               55
Grade 3-Satisfactory                          45
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                        0
3-Agriculture,Horticulture and Animal care
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good               60
Grade 3-Satisfactory                          40
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                        0
4-Engineering
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good               60
Grade 3-Satisfactory                          40
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                        0
5-Construction
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good               70
Grade 3-Satisfactory                          30
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                        0
6-Information and Communication
Technology
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good               60
Grade 3-Satisfactory                          40
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                        0
7-Retailing and Commercial
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good               60
Grade 3-Satisfactory                          40
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                        0
Area of Learning                             Target 2005/2006 (%)
1-Health, Public Services and Care
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good              65
Grade 3-Satisfactory                         35
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                       0
2-Science and Mathematics
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good              55
Grade 3-Satisfactory                         45
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                       0
3-Agriculture,Horticulture and Animal care
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good              60
Grade 3-Satisfactory                         40
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                       0
4-Engineering
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good              60
Grade 3-Satisfactory                         40
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                       0
5-Construction
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good              70
Grade 3-Satisfactory                         30
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                       0
6-Information and Communication
Technology
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good              60
Grade 3-Satisfactory                         40
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                       0
7-Retailing and Commercial
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good              60
Grade 3-Satisfactory                         40
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                       0
8-Leisure, Travel and tourism
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good              60
Grade 3-Satisfactory                         40
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                       0
9-Arts, media and publishing
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good              65
Grade 3-Satisfactory                         35
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                       0
10-History, philosophy and theology
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good              50
Grade 3-Satisfactory                         50
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                       0
Area of Learning                       Target 2005/2006 (%)
11-Social Sciences
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good        50
Grade 3-Satisfactory                   50
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                 0
12-Languages, literature and culture
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good        55
Grade 3-Satisfactory                   45
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                 0
13-Education and training
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good        50
Grade 3-Satisfactory                   50
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                 0
14-Preparation for life and work
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good        60
Grade 3-Satisfactory                   40
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                 0
15-Business Administration
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good        65
Grade 3-Satisfactory                   35
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                 0
Family Learning
Grade 1 or 2- Excellent or good        60
Grade 3-Satisfactory                   40
Grade 4-Unsatisfactory                 0

				
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