One of the most important considerations for the senior leadership team throughout the various mergers was maintaining effective quality assurance – indeed, it’s one of the biggest issues colleges are having to deal with as the FE landscape undergoes a radical shift in the face of the area reviews and other institutional changes.
Through its investment in Mesma sofware, the college, which employs hundreds of teaching and support staff, has been able to maintain effective self-assessment practices as operational changes and business transformation processes have bitten hard, delivering the requisite standards of improvement planning, and aiding the quality assurance drive across four strategic campuses.
As a result, the college is also better prepared for inspections by Ofsted while the senior management team benefit from real-time access to critical information around its development plan at the touch of a button. Mesma is a management tool that provides access to self-assessment activity and improvement plans, bringing transparency and efficiencies to an otherwise time-intensive process.
Errol Ince, Assistant Principal for teaching, learning and assessment at London South East Colleges, explains how Mesma has played an important role in managing quality throughout the merger programme:
“At Bromley College we had been using Mesma for a few years prior to the mergers. There, the technology had been helping staff to track self-assessment paths, assessing the progress of agreed actions and producing grade and data analysis reports among other uses.”
“This undoubtedly aided the provision of a curriculum management quality. So, it was clearly important to maintain quality assurance levels as the mergers, latterly with Bexley and Greenwich Community College, started to take place. Mesma has definitely helped here.”