Ofsted Commends Progress of ‘Good’ College Since Merger
Ofsted has endorsed the progress made by North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College since its formation as part of a merger.
Following a two day monitoring in October 2018, Ofsted judged that the College has made significant progress in meeting the needs of its students, the local community and employers, and has enhanced the rigour of its governing body while managing its finances well.
Ofsted recorded that the College has a well-informed understanding of the key economic and skills priorities in the communities it serves and has developed successful partnerships to deliver specific skills for growing and important sectors including automotive engineering, logistics and cybersecurity.
The report noted that college managers have high expectations of students and prioritise the development of maths and English skills, with achievements improving so that more students now achieve high grades in GCSE English. Ofsted reported that a significant proportion of students progress on to a range of positive destinations including employment, and further and higher education.
Ofsted commended the College for the development of its governance, noting that the board has increased its scrutiny of students’ progress through the implementation of an online data dashboard.
Additional highlights from the report state that:
- Achievement rates in key subjects have improved significantly
- Teachers have improved their skills through an improvement in the quality of feedback on lesson observations
- The College provides highly effective advice and guidance to students on their next steps and future careers
- Teachers use imaginative and interesting ways to engage students with maths and English skills
- Governors have contributed to the development of courses for adults that have helped them back into employment
- Courses at the College match the priorities of both the Leicester and Leicestershire, and the Coventry and Warwickshire local enterprise partnerships
- The College is working effectively towards the introduction of new T Level qualifications to ensure that these meet local economic priorities.
A full copy of the report is available on the Ofsted website.