About Us‎ > ‎News‎ > ‎

Ofsted “Good” Signals Latest Improvement At AET

posted Dec 18, 2017, 9:38 AM by Richard Sparks   [ updated Jan 11, 2018, 7:57 AM ]

The largest provider of apprentice places among Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) has been praised by Ofsted for successfully improving the quality of its service. Securing a “Good” rating from the regulator Ofsted highlights that AET's apprentices are 'highly valued by their employers, make beneficial contributions to their businesses and often play an integral role in the smooth running and the success of their department.'

Launched in 2012, AET has extended its programme to enrol 80 people, including new apprentices and using the apprenticeship levy to upskill existing staff. As the largest MAT in England, AET has pledged to nearly double the number of places on offer. Ofsted now rates the programme 'good' in all the main categories of inspection.

The report is the latest indicator of improvements at AET since Julian Drinkall took over as Chief Executive in 2016. AET also saw a significant upswing in primary school performance last summer, paving the way to exploratory discussions with the DfE to expand the number of primary schools in the trust.

Julian Drinkall, Group CEO for AET, said: "I am delighted that Ofsted recognises the significant improvements to our apprenticeship programme. We are working very hard to transform every aspect of AET’s performance, both in terms of the education that our schools provide, but also how we train and upskill our staff. This is an important milestone along the way, and we will look to build on this in the coming months and terms.”

In their 10 page report following the inspection in November 2017, Ofsted  confirms:-

  • leaders' and managers' actions have had a positive impact since the last inspection in 2015/16 with the number of apprentices significantly increased

  • training both on and off the job is highly relevant enabling apprentices to contribute positively to their organisations

  • staff are highly skilled and their industry-related skills are strengthened through good quality professional development and training

  • achievement in English and mathematics has significantly improved since the last inspection in 2015/16.

  • apprentices are proud of their work and achievements, and employers are proud that they have been able to 'grow their own' staff, often employing former pupils as apprentices.

  • they produce work of a good and sometimes high professional standard.

Building on progress to date, AET intends to increase the number of apprentices each year.

Tanya Bentham, Head of Talent, commented: "We aim to meet the new Public Sector Target, approximately 150 new starts a year for the group, whilst also working with schools and academies outside of the trust to offer Apprenticeship training.”

AET is providing support to the Woodard Academy Trust on apprenticeship training, which has five academies nationwide.