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Why we’ve re-designed tribalgroup.com

Posted by Sophie Fryer on November 14, 2017

Here at Tribal, once we decide we’ve got a good thing going – we take the plunge and go all in.

Which is why, when we launched our new Tribal brand in April, it spurred us on to re-design our current website. The response we received about Tribal’s new look and feel was incredibly positive and we felt like the brand was a true reflection of our future. However, our website was now definitely letting us down.

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End Point Assessment – Is it really delivering better apprenticeships?

Posted by Tony Allen on November 9, 2017

We are all, in Apprenticeship Land, very familiar with the concept of End-point Assessment, or EPA. Originally devised by Matthew Hancock as part of his far-reaching apprenticeship reforms, the principle of EPA was intended to put some integrity into the overall value of apprenticeships. By separating the body that undertook the final decision regarding whether or not the apprentice had ‘passed’ their apprenticeship, from the organisation that had delivered the training, it was hoped that apprenticeships would be more highly valued.

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Topics: Skills, Training and Employability

Five practical tips for using school self-evaluation to drive improvement

Posted by Roger Gilbert on November 7, 2017

Self-evaluation contributes to school improvement by providing an accurate assessment of how well your school is performing and crucially what needs to be done next. Done well, it helps identify improvement priorities and leads to evidence-based school improvement planning, which results in clear benefits for pupils.

Here’s five things you can do to ensure your self-evaluation is effective in driving school improvement.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

The TEF: One year in

Posted by Daniel Barrass on November 2, 2017

As the dust settles from the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) year one and universities completing their next intake of students, we take a look at the impact it has had.

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Topics: Higher Education

Satisfied students - using data to improve the student experience

Posted by Guy Perring on October 26, 2017

A recent visit to a university in South East Asia highlighted for me another aspect of the student experience that I hadn’t perhaps thought about in any depth. The head of admissions explained that they had just begun to reach out to their alumni and some had come back saying that they weren’t interested because their experience at the university had been so poor. They got the qualification that led to a job and hopefully a rewarding career, but didn’t look back on their university life with any fondness and were unwilling to re-engage with the university or contribute to a fund-raising drive.

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education

Global Education Market Survey: What's in a question?

Posted by Nathaniel Harvatt on October 23, 2017
Earlier this year we launched our ‘Global Education Market Survey’ at a time when new leaders across the world were bringing in changes, from the controversial appointment of Betsy DeVos in America to the Gonski 2.0 funding changes, and Higher Education Reform Package in Australia to the Apprenticeship Levy, Higher Education and Research Act, and Technical and Further Education Act in the UK.

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education, Skills, Training and Employability, Schools & Early Years

Digital Strategy in colleges – what if ‘back office’ really needs to be ‘front office’?

Posted by Bridget McGinley on October 6, 2017

All too often when we talk about ‘Digital Strategy’ in colleges we are addressing the issue of delivering teaching and learning through digitally-enabled techniques. Naturally the focus goes to virtual learning environments (VLEs), discussions about ‘flipped classrooms’ and lecture capture, adaptive learning and perhaps apps that deliver teaching.  There may be ventures into discussions about badges, gamification and quizzes. We feel we can tick the box when we can demonstrate that students have access to online learning resources.

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Topics: Further Education

Trailblazing to….who knows where!

Posted by Tony Allen on September 19, 2017

In the ‘How to’ guide for Trailblazer groups, the Institute for Apprenticeships says:

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Topics: Skills, Training and Employability

Preparing for Ofsted: the five early years publications you need to make the most of

Posted by Lorna Dick on August 15, 2017

Welcome to the first Tribal Early Years ‘Making the most of…’ blogs, a series of articles to help you to reflect on, evaluate and enhance your early years provision. In this first article, we guide you through the materials that Ofsted publish to inform you of the early years inspection process and consider how you can use these to review your provision and ensure you are ‘inspection ready’ at all times.

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10 questions about social media and digital transformation

Posted by Eric Stoller on August 7, 2017

At last month's Tribal SITS Conference in Wales, the digital transformation panel received more questions than it had time to answer. Receiving a plethora of queries from conference attendees via the web, I joined Jayne Aldridge, Executive Director of AMOSSHE / Director of Services for Students Kingston University and Andrew Meikle, Head of Corporate Information Systems at Lancaster University, to answer a variety pack of questions pertaining to all things digital plus higher education.

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Topics: Higher Education