“I have some ideas to take away with me which will be useful to the college as a whole”

Delegate who attended the fully booked workshop in February. 

Ensuring students pass their courses isn’t enough anymore. The Value Added and progress measures have evolved to measure progress made by learners from a particular starting point. Instead of simply focusing on student’s pass rates colleges needs to concentrate on getting high grades.

Ofsted Inspections are now increasingly focusing on progress measures. This workshop is designed to help you improve your college Value Added (progress) Scores.

The workshop will provide delegates with an overview of Value Added and progress Methodologies and will support you to develop an action plan which can be implemented at your college. This action plan will look at the overall Level 3 progress measure as well as the maths and English progress measure. It will help you identify what you should do better at your college and what steps you should take to improve your score.

This practical workshop will include case studies to demonstrate how these colleges have achieved consistently high scores.

Who should attend?

This workshop is aimed at Vice Principals and Quality Managers.


  • Understand the changes to Value Added/ Progress Methodology
  • Review the national picture
  • Develop practical experience by learning from case studies
  • Discover what works and what doesn’t for different providers


  • Learn practical information which can be implemented immediately
  • Share good practice with colleges
  • Develop an action plan which will improve your Value Added Score
  • Grasp the key elements that have worked in successful colleges

This workshop will be delivered by Richard Boniface, Managing Director of RCU and the guest speaker will be announced shortly.




AoC Member = £299.00 + VAT (£358.80)

Non-Member (College/Public Sector) = £350 + VAT (£420.00)


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Richard Boniface

Richard leads the strategic research and consultancy activities at RCU. He has managed major research projects for BIS, the Skills Funding Agency and the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). He has developed particular expertise in linking skills supply and skills demand and in supporting colleges with their strategic development. Prior to joining RCU in 2004 he was Deputy Principal of a large FE College and also has extensive industrial experience having worked as an electronic engineer. Recent research reports include The Impact of College Based HE for ETF and Evaluation of Community Learning Trust Pilots for BIS.

Fionnuala Swann

Fionnuala Swann has been teaching for over twenty years and is currently Head of Division for Business, Humanities, Languages and social sciences at Nelson and Colne College in East Lancashire.  Fionnuala has been a huge supporter of developing teaching and learning strategies to improve value added results.  She has presented at national conferences on stretch and challenge, how to be an outstanding teacher and improving student attainment at A level.  Nelson and Colne college consistently scores very highly in value added measures, coming top in the Department for Education’s School and College Performance Table earlier this year for the progress students make in their A Level studies – as well as “top in the area” for vocational studies. It was also named “outstanding across the board” in the newest ALPS report Fionnuala has worked at a strategic level within Nelson and Colne College to monitor and improve value added performance as well as achieving consistently outstanding value added results in her own teaching.