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  • Project background

  • Progress to date

  • 2006/07 Quality Data

  • Demonstration

  • Questions

Project background
Project Background

In 2004/05 DCELLS embarked on a 5-year benchmarking project for post-16 provision

Ministerial Remit:

  • ‘providers must aspire to highest standards’

  • ‘quality improvements closely linked to VfM gains’

Initial aim
Initial Aim

To improve the quality and financial performance of the post-16 education sector:

  • Develop and deliver an objective model to compare quality, financial and value added

  • Improve provision of learning

  • Achieve more effective resource utilisation

  • Focus on value added and value for money

  • Inform and strengthen collaboration and networks

Feasibility stage 1
Feasibility – Stage 1

The project took place in stages:-

Stage 1: 5 providers from each sector

Led to the development of new benchmarking methodologies to allow the possibility of comparison within and across sectors

Pilot stage 2
Pilot – Stage 2

Stage 2:

  • Rolled out across 23 FE Colleges, 21 WBL providers, and 42 schools pilots

  • Refined more sophisticated tool

  • Tribal uploaded financial and quality data

  • Web-enabled hosted service provided

  • Production of user guides for each sector

Stage 2 findings
Stage 2 findings

  • Benchmarks produced for WBL, FE and Schools

  • Open sharing of all data via the benchmarking tool in FE (for other sectors, data is anonymous).

  • fforwm and NTFW funded to run ‘benchmarking’ clubs with providers to ‘drill down’ further and identify critical success factors

Implementation stage 3
Implementation – Stage 3

  • Stage 3 rolled out across all three sectors in Autumn 2007

    This involved:

  • Quality data uploaded from DCELLS databases – LLWR, WED following freeze dates

  • Move to self-completion for finance – deadlines for FE and WBL extended from April to July

  • Training workshops and visits were supplied by Tribal and DCELLS to enable providers to perform these uploads

Implementation stage 31
ImplementationStage 3

Financial Benchmarks

  • Benchmarks available for all 3 sectors by September 2008

    Participation rates for this part of the tool:

  • FEIs 76%

  • WBL 38%

  • Schools 30%

All providers can view their quality data on the tool, but only those who upload their own financial data are able to view the financial and ‘value for money’ reports

Implementation stage 32
Implementation Stage 3


  • Benchmarks available for FE and WBL from July 2008 LLWR 2006/07 data freeze

  • Benchmarks available for schools from 2006/07 examinations results

Fe and wbl quality benchmarks
FE and WBL Quality Benchmarks

Tool makes available National Comparator information on:

  • Attainment (first year to have this data)

  • Completion

  • Success

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FE and WBL Quality Benchmarks


Split by:

  • Level of Study

  • Qualification Type

  • Learner Age

  • Sector/subject area

  • Actual Qualifications

FE and WBL Quality Benchmarks

How can providers use the tool?

  • Improve sector and individual targets

  • Measure incremental improvements

  • Share good practice

  • Identify patches of good/weaker areas

Links to quality effectiveness
Links to Quality Effectiveness


  • New Quality and Effectiveness Framework 2009

  • SARs – how will you use the tool to aid your self-assessments/evaluations?

  • Key tool to support moves to self-regulation

Next steps
Next Steps


  • Fforwm/NIACE developing benchmarks for Community learning

  • DCELLS attending events to promote the tool and use by providers – emphasis on easy access

  • Refining data/reports with advice from the performance measures groups ( WBL/FE)

  • Integration into the QEF

Top Level

Summary Report



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