BVDE Quality Solutions

Dr Barbara Van der Eecken:

"I am passionate about education and training and have 25 years’ experience in the learning and skills sectors.  I have created BVDE Quality solutions because I want to make a difference!

I lead on quality improvement projects for colleges and private providers impacting directly on learners' experience and results, on staff performance and buy-in and consequently on company overall outcomes. I rigorously plan and monitor quality assurance and shape continuous and sustainable improvement arrangements at all levels. I prepare organisations for Ofsted inspection and/or support post inspection to achieve the required outcomes.

A keen practitioner, always looking for innovation and creativity in teaching, I work closely with staff to help develop their practice and I complete Teaching, Learning and Assessment (TLA) observations. I plan and deliver inspirational staff development to cover all aspects of TLA including Apprenticeship delivery, English and maths Development, Safeguarding, Prevent, Equality and Diversity and fundamental British Values. I also develop resources with teams and ensure robust assessment and IQA systems are in place.  Fully conversant with the new Apprenticeship Standards, I can guide you through the process to Gateway and through to EPA, liaising with AAOs as required.

I act as critical friend for leaders and managers, looking at individuals as well as teams holistically to achieved agreed targets. I am an Investment in Excellence facilitator, a coach and mentor and a motivational speaker.

I am a translator and language lecturer for English, Italian and French. My lessons, from elementary to advanced levels, are tailored to suit your requirements with weekly sessions or more intensive programmes. I work with individuals and businesses on a one-to-one basis, in small or large groups depending on needs (school or university work, exams, holidays, travelling or business). My approach is interactive and communicative, based on a variety of innovative techniques and resources, to support progress at a healthy pace. Learners quickly gain confidence and improve their fluency and knowledge of their chosen foreign language."


Louise Jones, Deputy Principal, Birmingham Metropolitan College: "Barbara brings extensive experience from the education sector, as a practitioner and a professional advisor. Expect determination focused on supporting your team to improve. Adopting a holistic approach, Barbara values everyone's input and will warmly encourage buy in to your improvement goals."

Tracey Linforth, Area Manager TQ Training: "Dr Barbara Van der Eecken is an extremely focused and motivated individual. She strives for quality and has great passion and drive for improving the standard of the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in post 16 education. Whilst working with Barbara at Stourbridge College she demonstrated her leadership qualities in the way she would co-ordinate staff training events to ensure continuity in driving and pushing for excellence. A pleasure to know and to have worked with."

Rachael Aston, Quality Manager at Birmingham Metropolitan College: "Barbara is the most amazing, inspiring, supportive and solution focused manager that I have worked for within my career to date. Barbara has an extensive range of skills and knowledge across the educational sector including quality assurance, teaching and learning and professional development along with many more."

Louise Ward, Business Development Manager at The Tess Group: "I have worked with Barbara at two organisations and I can honestly say it is such a pleasure as she brings enthusiasm, great ideas, has turned organisations round and is very knowledgeable within her field. She has always been well respected and I certainly cannot recommend her enough to prospective clients."

Helen Cooper, Tutor and Assessor at Kidderminster Academy: "Barbara's knowledge of TLA is incredible and the way she passes it on in her training sessions is fun and innovative.  She helped our team improve the standard in the delivery and recording of work and have positive EQA outcomes."

Other trusted consultants

BVDE Quality Solutions also works closely with dedicated and highly skilled professionals who are totally focused on your needs and on how to help you achieve the best for your company.

All consultants I work with have been colleagues and I fully endorse the way they work and the quality service they provide.

It means you get one team of consultants working together across all aspects, liaising effectively together and working in the same direction at all times. 

You set the agenda and, with colleagues, we provide you with bespoke support to make it happen.

Extra sectors of expertise covered: Apprenticeship and the Levy, Finance and Bid writing; IQA and EQA; IT Training; Employment expert; Sales, Recruitment and Counselling.

Extra languages offered: Spanish, Portuguese and Greek

Based in the West Midlands, we provide services across the Midlands and beyond.

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