Examination of Witnesses (Question Numbers
6 OCTOBER 2008
Q120 Mr Boswell: Last question. Quality,
how are you going to measure it? It is an objective alongside
the numbers game.
Mr Paphitis: There are a number
of indicators, are there not? It is not just the achievement,
it is jobs, it is progression.
Q121 Mr Boswell: In a senseI
am thinking aloudthe other indicators which I listed for
the record, as it were, are the sorts of metrics you use to measure
the quality on and just remind me, what about inspection as well?
How is that?
Mr Way: Certainly Ofsted inspection
plays very strongly.
Q122 Mr Boswell: The NAS will work
with Ofsted and take into account its findings?
Mr Way: Yes. You slightly glossed
over completionsI know it is one on the listbut
I do think the improvement in completions from around 30% to over
60% is one of the success stories. We absolutely need to build
on that and within that look at those sectors which have been
stubbornly low because clearly the mechanisms we have used to
change the rest of the sector are not working in sectors like
hotelling and hospitality, so we need to look at more creative
solutions in those too.
Chairman: First of all, thank you very
much indeed, David and Marinos. I am sorry that has been a very,
very sharp canter, but we have only two sessions to be able to
do this work on the draft Bill and we do, in fact, want to make
a positive comment. Thank you both very much indeed and thank
you to my colleagues.