The CCQI Self-Assessment Strategy

Creating and capturing the right learning conversations.

Available in-person or online.

Next open, online session:

  • Location     Zoom
  • Date            tbc (please contact for bespoke options)
  • Time           13:00 – 16:30
  • Cost            £39

To book onto this session, please click the Request Invoice  (if you are an organisation) or PayPal  (if you are an individual). To request an invoice for larger bookings, please drop me a line.
Please remember to add the name, organisation and email address of the delegates so that the joining instructions can be forwarded.

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Following sessions on how to avoid the typical issues with self-assessment and development plan writing, The CCQI Self-Assessment Strategy session looks at a completely new way to self assess.

Typical inspection issues this session addresses

  • Managers do not analyse weaknesses accurately and identify specific actions for sustained improvement. As a result, the self-assessment report and quality improvement plan are not precise enough.

Did you know that if you base your self-assessment process on the Ofsted EIF you’ll have gaping holes in the most important aspects of your provision?

Did you know that the worst mistake in self assessment is to jump to the development plan too early? It allows bureaucracy to blossom and it will prevent you resolving your adverse symptoms.

And did you know that many providers restrict themselves to ‘grade 2’ simply because their self-assessment format requires staff to write about strengths and areas for improvement?

The problem with many SAR processes is that they’re done how they’ve always been done, or, the architects of the system have been trained by former inspectors to create reports in Ofsted’s image.

The CCQI Self-Assessment Strategy is very different: it’s a big choreographed conversation captured by a simple form. Staff who use the system get addicted to searching for the root-cause issues behind any adverse symptoms in their data. The important point being made here is that you can never resolve a symptom directly, so you should never have any text such as: ‘poor retention rates’, ‘poor value-added scores’, ‘poor pass rates’ at the start of your development plan lines, as none of these are root-cause issues. Nor can you have the opposite of these are your visions for success.

If you want to see how to create an engaging, informative and transformational self-assessment system, then do get in touch.

This session includes access to the CCQI Self-Assessment Strategy and all of the documents needed to run the process.

This session will enable delegates to:

  • use an investigative conversation to determine/hypothesise the root-cause issue/s behind a symptom of underperformance
  • capture these analytical conversations in simple self-assessment paperwork
  • set out clearly the adverse impact on learning of root-cause issues
  • write an effective development plan
  • capture the strengths in their provision for the benefit of the whole organisation
  • use their understanding of the CCQI Self Assessment Strategy to determine the next steps in the development of their own system.

What the delegates say

For an overview of feedback on this session, please click here.

This session is the first of a series of three online workshops to help delegates perfect their self-assessment work:

  • I can see clearly now the EIF has gone! Abingdon & Witney College
  • I really hadn’t though about comparative data sets – revelation. Leeds Arts University
  • Opening a door to ‘let in’, rather than closing a door to ‘shut out’. Sussex Downs College – support staff
  • Be prepared to be comfortable with being uncomfortable! Learnt a lot today and now my brain hurts. Trafford College
  • Will change how we do our SAR & QIP & the service. Wirral Council Lifelong Learning Service
  • That feeling when you get new glasses and realise things have been a little out of focus for some time! York College
  • Stunningly simple approach to self assessment. Stockport College

To book onto this session, please use the PayPal button above, or use this contact link to request an invoice, remembering to add your name, organisation and address. Please also use the contact link to ask about bespoke sessions for your own team.

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  1. Jane Lord
    November 19, 2020 @ 12:12 pm

    Looking forward to the session next week.

  2. Paula Dyas
    November 23, 2020 @ 04:04 pm


    Can you let me know if this will be running again on other dates? Can’t make it this time but would love to attend.

    Many thanks

  3. Tony Davis
    November 23, 2020 @ 04:04 pm

    Hi Paula, that’s a shame you can’t be with us – the delegate list is very exciting. Several of my other providers are struggling to make Wednesday morning too, so I’ll be in touch again soon with an alternative date. Thank you again for your interest. Very best wishes, Tony

  4. Claire Beaman
    June 21, 2022 @ 09:09 pm

    Hi I would be interested in hearing about other dates for this event please


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