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  Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication
  Further Education Quality Improvement Plan 2007 – 2008
 KEY QUESTION 1: How well do learners achieve?

 Learners’ success in achieving targets including qualification and learning goals, trends over time, significant variables between groups of learners
 Priority for improvement    Action                                 Target   Responsibility Indicative Progress Made                    Evidence of
                                                                    Date                     Cost                                       Progress
 Improvement in the number Introduce further staff development      March    Subject                     Assessment workshop took
 of merit and distinction    within in learning and teaching to     09       Leader – FE                 place for internal
 grades                      enhance grading profile                         & HR staff                  standardistaion for level 3/4
                                                                             development                 qualification



 The standard of learners’ work in relation to their learning goals
 Priority for improvement    Action                                   Target     Responsibility   Indicative   Progress Made                Evidence of
                                                                      Date                        Cost                                      Progress
 Further develop curriculum   Careers workshops and progression       April 09   Subject                       Gap year and employment      Workshop took
                                                                                                                                                    th
 and careers advice for       information for non HE progression                 Leader – FE                   workshop scheduled to take   place 28 April.
 learners wishing to pursue                                                      & Careers                     place summer term            Over 20
 employment options rather                                                       Service                                                    students’
 than HE progression                                                                                                                        attended.


 Learners progress relative to their prior attainment and potential, any significant variations between groups of learners’
 Priority for improvement     Action                                  Target    Responsibility Indicative Progress Made                     Evidence of
                                                                      Date                     Cost                                         Progress
 Strengthen staff/student     Creation of additional learning support April 09 Subject                    Create smaller learning support   Groups have
 progress systems             during the Final Major project                    Leader – FE               groups.                           met on a
                                                                                & FE                                                        weekly basis
                                                                                lecturers                                                   throughout the
                                                                                                                                            seven-week
                                                                                                                                            project.
                                                                                                                                            Indicated on
                                                                                                                                            scheme of
                                                                                                                                            works



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 KEY QUESTION 2: How effective are teaching, training and learning?

 How well teaching, training and resources are used to meet individuals’ needs and course or programme requirements
 Priority for improvement     Action                               Target   Responsibility Indicative Progress Made                          Evidence of
                                                                   Date                    Cost                                              Progress
 Improve workshop facilities  Redevelop 3DD FE/HE workshops        Jan 09   Director of    £100,000 FE/HE workshops finished for             Workshops
 available to the FE                                                        resources,     .00        the second term.                       being used by
 students’                                                                  Subject                                                          FE students
                                                                            Leader – FE                                                      throughout the
                                                                                                                                             year.
 The suitability and rigour of assessment in planning and monitoring learners’ progress
 Priority for improvement      Action                                Target Responsibility   Indicative   Progress Made                      Evidence of
                                                                     Date                    Cost                                            Progress
 Enhance internal quality      Staff development to enable a greater Feb 09 Subject                       Internal standardisation was       IV/IS paper
 assurance systems to          understanding of the new level 3/4           Leader – FE                   broadened to cover the level 4     work
 enable a smooth transition    Diploma in Foundation Studies                & FE                          and possible level 4 students at
 for the new level 3/4                                                      Pathway                       pathway stage assessment.
 Diploma in Foundation                                                      Leaders
 Studies
 The diagnosis of, and provision for, additional learning needs
 Priority for improvement      Action                                Target Responsibility   Indicative   Progress Made                      Evidence of
                                                                     Date                    Cost                                            Progress
 Revisit diagnosis and         Review screening to targeted FE       Oct 09 Head of                       On-going. Full review to take
 identification of learners    learners                                     student                       place summer term with Head
 requiring additional learning                                              Support &                     of Learning Support, Director of
 support                                                                    Subject                       Communication and Subject
                                                                            Leader – FE                   Leader – FE




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 Outcome of evaluation through the observation of learning and teaching including the number of observations made.
 Priority for improvement   Action                                   Target Responsibility Indicative Progress Made                     Evidence of
                                                                     Date                  Cost                                         Progress
 Extend Peer observation    Work with staff to ensure that all staff Jan 09 Subject                   All sessional lecturers where     Peer
 scheme to cover more FE    are peer observed (including all                Leader – FE               observed this current academic    assessment
 staff                      sessional staff)                                                          year.                             paper work

 Monitor the revised FE      Staff development to enable all staff          Subject                   Revised FE paperwork was          College intranet
 College Peer Teaching       implements the improved system.                Leader – FE               piloted during the college mock   and peer
 Observation Scheme                                                         & HR                      ofsted inspection. Then           observation
                                                                            (training)                introduced for the current peer   paperwork
                                                                                                      observation round                 within HR




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 KEY QUESTION 3: How well do programmes and activities meet the needs and interests of learners?

 Programme/curriculum match learners’ aspirations and potential
 Priority for improvement    Action                                 Target   Responsibility   Indicative   Progress Made                        Evidence of
                                                                    Date                      Cost                                              Progress
 Embed and introduce wider Introduce a series of cultural lectures  March    Subject                       Contextual studies project and       Schemes of
                                                                                                                                           nd
 ‘Cultural’ activates within concluding in a written outcome within 09       Leader – FE                   series of lectures took place 2      work and
 the curriculum              the main programme of study                                                   term. Essay workshops were           essays
                                                                                                           introduced to further enhance
 Embed VLE within the        Embed blended learning within all     Sept  Subject                           students’ academic writing
 course curriculum           stages of the Diploma in Foundation   08    Leader – FE
                             Studies (Art & Design)                      & FE Course                       VLE used throughout the year         learn@rave
                                                                         Team                              with the learners
 Programme/curriculum meet external requirement (eg. Industry requirements or progression to HE)
 Priority for improvement  Action                               Target   Responsibility Indicative         Progress Made                        Evidence of
                                                                Date                    Cost                                                    Progress
 Further enhance internal  Subject Leader – Further Education   June     Subject                           All HE courses Design faculty        Schemes of
 links between Further and with courses with low progression    09       Leader – FE                       courses ran a project with the       work
 Higher Education across   numbers                                       & Heads of                        FE students’ and Broadcasting
 both faculties                                                          Faculty & HE                      delivered a Christmas project.
                                                                         Subject
                                                                         Leaders

 Revise progression advice   A wider UCAS and careers              March     Subject                       FE/Innovation and Enterprise         Schems of
                             workshops advice to be delivered.     09        Leader – FE                   Workshop/presentation took           work &
                             Covering wider progression options              & Careers                     place the week before the            progression
                                                                             advice                        students’ untaught week to           handbook
                                                                                                           enable the students to attend
                                                                                                           open days in their study week.




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 KEY QUESTION 4: How well are learners guided and supported?

 Advice, guidance and other support given to learners to promote personal development (pastoral support)
 Priority for improvement   Action                                Target   Responsibility Indicative Progress Made                       Evidence of
                                                                  Date                    Cost                                           Progress
 Enhance guidance           Introduce new mid ‘FMP’ one to one    Apr 09   Subject                   Mid point tutorials at the end of   Schemes of
 available during the Final tutorials                                      Leader – FE               week 4. Before the Easter           work and
 Major Project (FMP)                                                       & FE                      vacation                            students file
                                                                           Lecturers
 Further enhance            Deploy large group teaching           Mar 09 Subject                     Paper work piloted within           F&T scheme of
 differentiation teaching   mechanisms within the studio                   Leader – FE               fashion & textiles pathway. To      work and
 methods within group sizes environment                                    & FE                      be rolled out for the next          students’
                                                                           Lecturers                 academic year                       tracking files


 Advice guidance to learners in relation to courses, programmes and career development (academic support)
 Priority for improvement    Action                               Target   Responsibility Indicative Progress Made                       Evidence of
                                                                  Date                    Cost                                           Progress
 Aid progression between     Closer align FE curriculum and entry Jan 09   Subject                   Closer alignment has taken
 FE and HE Fashion &         requirements with low progression             Leader – FE               place this year. Subject Leader
 Graphics courses            courses                                       & Pathway                 – Graphics and Pathway
                                                                           Leader –                  Leader Graphics to plan and
                                                                           Graphic &                 monitor internal progression.
                                                                           Fashion &
                                                                           Textiles

 Revisit Widening              Introduction new revised                      Subject                    Restructuring of the Diversity
 participation activities to   workshops/taster activities to enhance        Leader – FE                department took place
 closer align with the         progression from NEETs as well as             &                          December 2008. Enhance
 Greenwich community           traditional level 2 & 3 progression           Progression                schools and college programme
                               routes                                        Manager                    underway with progression
                                                                                                        manager and subject leader –
                                                                                                        FE.




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 KEY QUESTION 5: How effective are leadership and management in raising achievement and supporting all learners?

 How effectively performance is monitored and improved through quality assurance systems (internal and external scrutiny)
 Priority for improvement    Action                             Target    Responsibility Indicative Progress Made                        Evidence of
                                                                Date                     Cost                                            Progress
 Course monitoring and       A more inclusive IS and IV systems June      Subject                   All pathway leaders took part        IS/IV paperwork
 verification system – which for handbooks and other course     08        Leader – FE               within the standardisation of
 demonstrates good practice documentation                                 & FE                      others documentation
                                                                          teaching
                                                                          team


 Monitor and further improve   Improve the number of applicants        Sept   Subject                 This academic year saw an          Registry
 percentages of conversion     accepting offers and failing to enrol   09     Leader – FE             uplift of 40% of learners          enrolment and
 intake rates                                                                 & FE                    enrolling. This in turned saw an   class registration
                                                                              teaching                over recruitment of                documentation
                                                                              team                    appropriately 100 learners.

 Enhance technical             Recruit FE & HE technician to co-       June   Head of                 Two new additional FE/HE           HR
 guidance within specialist    ordinate revised FE/HE 3DD              08     Faculty & HR            technical staff employed by the    documentation
 3DD workshops                 workshops                                                              college during the current
                                                                                                      academic year.




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 The adequacy and suitability of staff, specialist equipment, learning resources and accommodation
 Priority for improvement    Action                                  Target   Responsibility Indicative     Progress Made                      Evidence of
                                                                     Date                    Cost                                              Progress
 Resources                   Further improve fashion and textiles    Dec 08 Subject                         Additional fashion and textiles    Workshop,
                             and Lens Based Media technical                   Leader – FE                   manikins were purchased            schemes of work
                             resources                                                                      alongside a heat transfer press.   and students
                                                                                                                                               work
                               Improve specialist FE 3DD workshops   Jan 09                                 Additional cameras (still and
                               to aid teaching and learning                                                 moving) and sound recording        FE stores
                               environment                                                                  equipment was purchased
                                                                                                            during the academic year.
 The management of Health and Safety
 Priority for improvement  Action                                    Target   Responsibility   Indicative   Progress Made                      Evidence of
                                                                     Date                      Cost                                            Progress
 Enhance Health & Safety       Revisit, monitor and enhance the FE            Health &                      Healthy and Safety workshop        3DD/FE Health
 workshops inductions within   and HE workshop inductions                     Safety Officer                inductions introduce for a         and Safety
 the College                                                                  & Pathway                     targeted ‘need to know basis’,     paperwork
                                                                              Leader –                      rather than blanket coverage
                                                                              3DD                           (as before)




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