Event Summary



Date and Time

Wednesday 21 April 2021 (09:00 - 12:15)


Free (£35.00 non-members)

Imagine an induction programme focused on motivating learners, creating aspiration and curiosity, rather than one governed by the necessities of timetabling and access to testing. The EIF reminds us of the importance of the learner journey, yet induction is rarely evaluated through either inspection or self-assessment despite its fundamental importance.

When a learner induction programme works well, staff reap the benefits all year because the perfect conditions for success are established at the start of the learner journey. If you’d like to consider how to create a blueprint for outstanding induction practice, then this session is for you.

The overarching aim of the session is to develop participants’ mind-set and skillset to help create a transformational induction experience. Is there a shared sense of clarity about what an outstanding induction programme looks like? We begin by identifying and establishing how participants would like learners to be different by the end of the induction experience, and we consider questions such as:

  • What are the skills learners need right at the start of the course to enable them to achieve well on their first assignments?
  • What culture do you need to establish at the start of a programme such that all learners moderate their behaviour in line with behavioural expectations?

The management of online behaviours is proving a particular challenge in current working contexts, with the necessity for much online delivery, so it is important that we establish clear and agreed learner expectations at the start of the learner journey.

As we are currently uncertain about the scale of personal interaction that will be possible for new learners, this session will focus on the creation of an immersive, collaborative and online learner induction experience. Using wiki functionality, delegates will actively contribute to the development of an Induction Quality Standard (the Intent), as well as generating new approaches to crafting an immersive induction experience (the Implementation). Both wikis will collate all delegates’ ideas and be available for download after the event.

In summary, the session aims to enable participants to:

  • produce an aspirational quality standard for Induction
  • explore the Formula for Optima Flow and consider its impact on the production of schemes of work and lesson plans
  • prepare for inspection by considering the implications of the Ofsted 2019 Education Inspection Framework (EIF).

We are delighted to welcome back Tony Davis from the Centre of Creative Quality Improvement (CCQI) to deliver this interactive and engaging session utilising Zoom. A former Ofsted inspector, Tony is highly regarded as a trainer in the sector and has delivered many professional development events.  His knowledge and experience of teaching, learning and assessment comes from his role as a full-time lead with the Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI) at its inception in 2001, before transferring to the new Ofsted in 2007 as HMI.

Here is a small sample of evaluations from previous participants:

  • I feel that the session has provided me with a new perspective on induction. Because of the ‘tick off the checklist’ type induction that is usually run, induction always has always felt like something to be endured before the ‘real’ stuff begins. This session has made me realise that an (extended) induction period can be crucial in helping learners.
  • Very cleverly put together.
  • I feel empowered to take control of induction.
  • How can I access the event?

    All joining instructions will be sent a day prior to the session taking place and you will either be able to join us online, or by dialling into the session.

    If you have any questions or do not receive any joining instructions please call us on 0115 854 1626.

  • Would you like this session delivered directly to your staff?

    If you would like this, or a similar session, delivered to staff within your organisation as part of your development programme, please contact Karen Plowman, Head of Professional Development (karenp@skillsedugroup.co.uk) for more details.