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Your matrix 3-year Accreditation Review Assessment Journey
July 16, 2018

Is your matrix 3-year accreditation review assessment due this year – then the following flowchart might be helpful.

Assessment Services recommend you consider the below action points when preparing for your accreditation review assessment.

You may wish to complete a Self-Assessment, to ensure there are no gaps in your evidence and consider any changes that have taken place within your organisation in the last 36 months.

If you are happy with your progress and are ready to book your assessment review, advance on to the online booking form – http://matrixstandard.com/online-booking-form/ but before you do, please see below the key points to consider when booking your review assessment;

  • Be aware of your accreditation review date to ensure your preferred assessment dates due by the anniversary date.
  • Allow 12 weeks for your preferred assessment dates, in order to give us sufficient time to work with you to plan your reassessment.
  • Please remember we cannot formally confirm and book your onsite dates until all fees are paid.
  • Booking your assessment in advance (i.e. 3months before your review date) means you can secure your Assessors’ availability.
  • If you have had major changes take place within your organisation since your last Continuous Improvement Check, and you are unsure how this impacts your accreditation, then please do contact us or your Assessor for support.

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The Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit & the matrix Standard

This toolkit for Enterprise Advisers and Enterprise Coordinators illustrates what good looks like across all eight of the Gatsby benchmarks. It includes example case studies of best practice and useful tips and resources.

The toolkit will assist Enterprise Advisers and Enterprise Coordinators in promoting to schools how the benchmarks will help all students reach their full potential. It also contains practical ways for schools to put the benchmarks into practice. 

Page 34 – Top Tips for Schools under Benchmark 8 states Make sure the organisation you are commissioning is high-quality and matrix accredited. 

Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit – Full Document

matrix Standard Guidance Documents
June 11, 2018

The following guidance documents are available to download from the matrix website.






Is Your matrix Review Assessment Due This Year?
May 9, 2018

….If so please ensure you complete your booking form in good time.

To give your matrix Assessor time to work with you to plan your reassessment, and for all fees to be paid before the start of the evidence gathering visit, your online booking form needs to be submitted at least 12 weeks before your 3-year anniversary date at the very latest. This is the date that appears on your matrix certificate.

For your reference, our booking form can be opened by clicking the following link: http://matrixstandard.com/online-booking-form/

Of the 72 organisations who had a matrix assessment during March 2018, 90.3% confirmed that their matrix assessment was value for money.

Here are just a few of the feedback comments received from these organisations: Read more

FE News Article: Leading Training Provider Celebrate matrix Standard Achievement
April 6, 2018

The following press release written by CT Skills has been published in FE News. If you want to share your matrix achievements with a wider audience then email your story, press release or case study to matrix@assessmentservices.com

East Midlands based Training Provider; CT Skills has successfully been re-accredited the matrix Standard in recognition of the hard work and dedication their employees continuously put in to making learners, employers and partners feel valued and informed.

The matrix assessment took place across three days with visits at the company’s Head Office based in Nottingham along with a visit to their additional centre’s in Nottingham City Centre, Derby and Mansfield.

In total the visit concluded with 22 staff members individually interviewed, 12 telephone interviews with work-based learners and 12 face-to-face interviews with classroom based learners, as well as general reviews of the CT Skills website, social media accounts and performance monitoring data.

The re-accreditation highlighted CT Skills mission to encourage learners at each stage of their journey with a main focus on providing learners with advice and guidance right from enrolment to post-completion. Read more

Hanley training provider NSEGTA invests to encourage careers in engineering
December 6, 2016

A training provider has invested more than £160,000 to launch a control centre to encourage more people to consider careers in engineering.

matrix accredited North Staffordshire Engineering Group Training Association (NSEGTA) has transformed an old workshop at its base in Marsh Street North in Hanley, to create the facility.

It boasts state-of-the-art equipment which replicates industry methods and products used by engineering firms across Staffordshire.

The equipment, which includes computer-aided milling machines and lathes, CAD design, fault diagnosis and testing facilities and virtual welding equipment, will be permanently in situ at the centre – so school leavers, college students and young job-seekers can learn more about the skills needed for a career in the engineering industry.

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Kirklees College CEIAG Service
September 9, 2016

Susan Smith, Registered matrix Assessor reports how Kirklees College CEIAG Service has been working on measuring the distance travelled by students using their service.

They said “We collect student feedback via on-line ‘survey monkey’ surveys at regular intervals where we can assess distance travelled” These are confidential surveys where we ask students who have received individual guidance to answer some questions. The students will answer questions before and after their appointment to gauge the effectiveness of the guidance and support they have received. Questions 1 and 2 are prior to guidance, and questions 3 and 4 are following guidance.”

To see just some of the results being achieved by Kirklees College, Click Here

IAG Handbook

Learning in Wiltshire is Wiltshire Council’s adult learning and development service. http://www.learninginwiltshire.org.uk/ They are proud holders of the matrix Standard http://matrixstandard.com/ which is the unique quality framework for the effective delivery of information, advice and/or guidance.

All Learning in Wiltshire staff give Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) as part of their commitment to help learners and potential learners explore options, get the best out of their learning programme and continue to develop their skills to higher levels after completion of their course or qualification. Their IAG is split into three:

  • Initial IAG – given by occupationally competent assessors in the form of a telephone conversation lasting approx. 20 minutes.
  • Ongoing IAG – incorporated within the learning programme and evidenced throughout the learning journey in a variety of ways e.g. ILPs, e-portfolio, reviews, tutorials etc.
  • Exit IAG – informs future development needs and allows our learners to be signposted to relevant progression pathways.

They have developed an IAG handbook for their learners.

To view the handbook  Click Here

The matrix Standard – Guidance for FE Colleges
August 29, 2016

The matrix Standard http://matrixstandard.com/ is the Standard that organisations, involved in the delivery of  information, advice and/or guidance, aspire to achieve.

The video gives you an overview of the requirements of the Standard, while the guidance document matrix standard – Guidance for FE Establishments – April 2016– puts the Standard in context for  FE Colleges.

matrix Standard – Welfare to Work & Work Based Learning Providers
August 29, 2016

The matrix Standard http://matrixstandard.com/ is the Standard that organisations, involved in the delivery of  information, advice and/or guidance, aspire to achieve. involved in the delivery of  information, advice and/or guidance, aspire to achieve.

The video gives you an overview of the requirements of the Standard, while the guidance document matrix Standard – Guidance for W2W & Workbased Learning Providers – May 2016 – puts the Standard in context for  Welfare to Work & Workbased Learning Providers