One organisation benefiting from Mesma’s investment is London-based Harington Scheme, a charity for young people with learning disabilities, which has adopted Mesma to meet critical development planning and Ofsted requirements.
The charity’s management team uses the self-assessment and improvement planning software to assist in the administration, implementation and tracking of its development plan as part of the training provider’s wider commitment to improving quality assurance.
The move has helped to address key concerns highlighted in a 2015 Ofsted inspection that required individual attention as part of the Common Inspection Framework. These revolved around critical development planning and administrative processes, as well as the need to ensure up-to-date progress reports were readily available to assist Ofsted inspectors.
Harington’s systems fall in line with the requirements of the CIF – alongside safeguarding and IQA arrangements – specifically those focused around monitoring the impact of activities to ensure that they have a beneficial impact on improving teaching and skills learning.
“Mesma’s a valuable tool, which has helped us to reduce by upwards of two-thirds the amount of time taken to format and produce reports.’
Mesma was introduced in December 2016 as a real-time and cost-effective online management resource that has gone on to deliver significant advantages, helping to control inspection-relevant processes organisation-wide.
Scheme manager Joanna Baxter says the technology has “delivered demonstrable improvements” and helped secure a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating following a recent re-inspection.
She says: “Mesma’s a valuable tool, which has helped us to reduce by upwards of two-thirds the amount of time taken to format and produce reports – in some cases, this has been cut from three hours to just one, delivering considerable savings in the process.”
Mesma is an adaptable, collaborative and cost-effective web-based resource, which enables important areas of the self-assessment process and the associated improvement plan activities to be allocated to authorised people within any training environment.
New modules, which include observe, comply and analyse, will enhance its ability to drive accountability to improve educational provision.