Bristol Conversations in Education - An interactive pre-inspection tool for Further Education and Skills inspectors

13 November 2019, 12.00 PM - 13 November 2019, 1.00 PM

Andreas Soteriades, PhD, Data Scientist, Data & Insight, Ofsted

Room 4.10, School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA

This event is part of the School of Education's 'Bristol Conversations in Education' seminar series. These seminars are free and open to the public.

Speaker: Andreas Soteriades, PhD, Data Scientist, Data & Insight, Ofsted

The purpose of this tool is to facilitate Further Education and Skills (FES) inspectors with preparing for the inspection of FES providers. A key difficulty with inspecting FES providers is that the apprenticeships and education and skills subjects that they offer are delivered in numerous geographically scattered locations (e.g. in London and Sheffield, while the headquarters may be in, say, Exeter). This makes it extremely difficult for inspectors to know what subject types providers offer, where they deliver them and how many learners are enrolled in each location and subject.

The tool comprises of two interactive visualizations:

  1. A curriculum ‘tree map’, that is, a graph that conveniently summarizes the number of learners per subject.
  2. A geographical map that displays the delivery locations in England. 

The visualizations are presented together in an interactive dashboard that allows users to filter the data by provider, funding model (Apprenticeships, Community Learning, Education & Training), age range, region and sector subject area. For each provider, users can also compare the curricula of the different funding models that this provider may be offering.


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