Good Ofsted inspection report for our education service

19 June 2023

Sussex Partnership's Education and Training department has been rated as Good following its first Ofsted Inspection visit.

Inspectors assessed the inhouse delivery for our Senior Healthcare Support Worker and Business Administrator apprenticeship programmes.

In addition to an overall judgement on whether inhouse apprenticeship delivery is effective, the inspection looked at four key judgements: quality of education; behaviour and attitudes; personal development; leadership and management.  

Dr Jane Padmore, Chief Executive of SPFT, said: "I am really proud of the team for this fantastic achievement which recognises the hard work of everyone involved. The Good rating demonstrates our commitment to developing a workforce of the future and delivering quality education. 

"Thank you to all the apprentices and staff who took part in the inspection."

Both inspectors acknowledged the challenges the team has faced, particularly since Winter 2022. It was acknowledged during this time, SPFT's processes have greatly improved. In particular: 

  • Our commitment to the quality of education across both apprenticeship courses
  • Our updated Safeguarding processes
  • The reintroduction of our Subject Matter Experts to the level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship
  • Instillation of British Values across apprentice Training Plans
  • Our commitment in working with aspiring apprentices, supporting them in English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) development, Conversation Clubs and Functional Skills
  • Providing additional support to disadvantaged apprentices

Ofsted rated the internal provision as Good overall, with Personal Development requiring improvement. To develop our Personal Development rating, the Education and Training Apprenticeship Team have created a series of personal development sessions for inhouse apprentices which concentrate on health and wellbeing, personal safety an apprentice, equality and rights and career conversations. Sessions will also signpost apprentices towards existing Trust resources such as Staff Networks, Freedom to Speak Up and the Employee Assistance Programme.

A full copy of the report can be accessed through Ofsted's webpages