Working with College Review

Overview of College Review features The self-assessment structure
Managing performance using balanced scorecard principles Gathering self-assessment information
Outputs from the Balanced Scorecard feature Self-assessment report outputs and improvement management
Strategic analysis using S.W.O.T. principles The options and benefits of scoring management practice


The self-assessment structure


College Review has a self-assessment structure that is designed to address the quality statements in all the standards that Colleges are required to meet, or those that they usually seek to achieve. Consequently the structure addresses the quality statements of:

  • The Ofsted Common Inspection Framework
  • Every Child Matters for Joint Area Reviews
  • The EFQM Excellence Model
  • The CIPFA/ OPM Good Governance Standard
  • The Investors in People standard
  • The Charter Mark standard
  • The Matrix standard
  • The Hear by Right standard:2005 (NYA)
  • The ISO 9001:2000 standard (processes)
  • The ISO 14001:2004 (environment)
  • The OHSAS 18001:1999 (health and safety)

To address, and cross reference to, the criteria of all these standards College Review has 99 quality statements (issues) listed in 8 sections. The sections reflect the framework of the most important quality standard, i.e. The Ofsted Common Inspection Framework.

This form of self-assessment structure has been developed over 10 years and is unique to ADA Assessment Solutions Ltd.

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There are several illustration files to view the self-assessment features of College Review:

  • to access a suitable file click Open either on the Quickstart screen for by clicking File on the menu bar and then Open;
  • then highlight the Consensus 092005.ada file and click Open.


The first screen introduces the 8 self-assessment sections and the available quality standards. Guidance is provided on the content of each section.

Mobility between the 99 quality statements is provided through the Index button at the bottom of the screen and the Next and Previous Issue buttons at the bottom left.


Clicking the Index button provides a screen which lists all 8 sections on the left hand screen and the quality standards.

Highlighting a section lists the short headings of all the quality statements (issues) in a section on the right hand screen together with other screens

Clicking the short heading of any quality statement (issue) or screen location on the right hand screen, or a quality standard will take you to that screen


Each issue (quality statement) has an individual screen. For each issue (quality statement):
  • the full text of the quality statement is displayed with any reference to the criteria of the Ofsted Common Inspection Framework;
  • a priority can be set using the 'traffic lights' - red = critical, yellow = important and blue = relevant;
  • there is an option to score performance using scales that reflect EFQM Excellence Model principles. Holding the mouse over the words on a scale accesses detailed guidance. The approximate Ofsted equivalent score is available by clicking Ofsted under the total score;
  • relevant criteria for the EFQM Excellence Model or quality standards can be viewed by clicking the appropriate button;
  • self-assessment information can be entered in the Notepad feature;
  • action points to be included in medium term improvement plans are entered through the Action button .


The derivation of the text of each quality statement in terms of its relationship to the quality criteria of the Ofsted Common Inspection Framework and the Ofsted Every Child Matters Joint Area Review framework is available by clicking the Issue Guidance button.


Note:- Scoring the issues (quality statements) is not mandatory for self-assessment. However if management practice is scored College Review offers a number of features that can provide added value