Excellent LFE Hailed By Estyn

By: Steve Sutcliffe |
09/05/13 |
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League Football Education (LFE) has been hailed as an ‘Excellent’ education provider by Estyn, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales.

The result is a glowing endorsement of the work that LFE carries out in the delivery of the Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (ASE) programme to apprentice players at Cardiff City and Wrexham.

Estyn awarded LFE the highest grade of ‘Excellent’ after assessing key questions focussed on Learner Outcomes, Quality of Provision and the Quality of Leadership and Management as well as taking into account the organisations current performance and prospects for improvement.

LFE received plaudits for its ‘clear ethos and focus on what is required to achieve excellence throughout all its operations for the benefit of all of its apprentices’. Her Majesty’s Inspectors highlighted the organisations excellent partnership work and arrangements for promoting the welfare of apprentices.

The report found that LFE has excellent communications across all of its provision – with clubs, key partners and its stakeholders as well as providing excellent resources for apprentices in every aspect of their programme.

It follows on from last year’s Ofsted report in which LFE was judged as ‘Outstanding’ across all 23 areas of that inspection.

Chief Executive, Alan Sykes, is understandably delighted by this latest success that also saw LFE judged as ’Excellent’ in 8 contributory grades and as ‘Good’ in a further 2 areas.

“This is another tremendous achievement for LFE and a recognition of the high standards we have set for ourselves and others over the past 9 nine years of our operation,” said Sykes.

“What was clear as we went through the inspection process was the value placed on the apprenticeship by Cardiff City and Wrexham and all of their apprentices. LFE continually look to innovate and adapt to meet the needs of our apprentices and we are proud to see that our contribution is really making a difference, not only in helping to produce professional players but in preparing young men for life beyond football.

“Credit must go to all those involved in the day-to-day running of the programmes at both clubs because it is only through everyone pulling together that a result like this can be achieved. More crucially this dedication ensures that we are able to achieve the very best we can for our apprentice players year after year.”