Ofsted Inspection Report March 2015
It's Official! Ofsted reports Furness College is a GOOD college with OUTSTANDING provision in Engineering. Thank you to all the Furness College staff and students for all their support and hard work!
Furness College was graded a GOOD college.
Engineering was graded OUTSTANDING.
We were inspected by Ofsted from 24th – 27th March 2015
Overall effectiveness: Good 2
Outcomes for learners: Good 2
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment: Good 2
Effectiveness of leadership and management: Good 2
Furness College is a good provider:
- The proportions of students and apprentices aged 16 to 18 who achieve are high
- Students benefit from very good information, advice and guidance, which ensures they undertake the most appropriate course, make good progress and support their choice of destination
- Managers have very strong working and strategic relationships with employers and the Local Enterprise Partnership and have led on the development of the Furness economic delivery plan; they develop the curriculum to meet students’, employers’ and local skills needs very well
Outcomes for Learners:
- Successful outcomes for functional skills students aged 16 to 18 are above average and for adults they are typical of the sector.
- Most students make the progress expected of them, given their prior attainment and the proportion doing so has increased.
- A very high proportion of students on 16 to 19 study programmes undertake or have planned work experience with external employers.
- Many students develop good employability skills.
- The proportion of apprentices who are successful increased last year and is high,
- Most leavers progress to suitable employment, higher education, other further education or self-employment.
The quality of teaching, learning and assessment
- Teaching, learning and assessment are good as reflected in the good overall outcomes for students.
- A large majority of teachers and assessors are well qualified and use their extensive industrial experience to develop students’ and apprentices’ skills.
- Students enjoy college because they feel valued and they enjoy gaining skills that will aid their future progression
- Students receive challenging long-term targets.
- Information, advice and guidance are good. Improved and clear processes put the welfare of the student at the heart of the college.
Teaching, learning and assessment in engineering are outstanding because:
- the proportions of students making better progress than expected, moving on to higher levels, and achieving their qualifications are very high;
- teachers have extremely high expectations of learners;
- links with employers and the local community are exceptional and very well-established;
- full-time students engage with extremely meaningful work-related activities to help them develop very good skills for employment;
- teachers are very well qualified and experienced; accommodation, resources and equipment are of a very high standard and local employers provide outstanding specialist materials, tools and equipment
- teachers exploit opportunities in lessons to explore social and cultural diversity very effectively;
- Apprentices produce a high standard of work,
- Enthusiastic, highly motivated and highly qualified teachers and assessors have good industrial experience,
- Teachers and assessors provide effective one-to-one support on a frequent basis, helping apprentices to make good progress;
- The proportion of students who gain their functional skills qualification is high,
- The development of speaking and listening skills in lessons is good
- Students develop good work-related skills in lessons,
- Teachers integrate information learning technology very effectively to develop students’ self-study skills.
How do we compare to other Northwest Colleges?
There have been eight published inspections in 2014/2015.
Six colleges were previously graded 2. From the six, one college retained their grade 2, four colleges dropped to grade 3 and one college dropped to grade 4.
How do we compare nationally to other colleges?
Nationally there have been 41 full inspections published this academic year 2014/2015. Of these, 16 were previously grade 2 colleges.
From the 16 colleges, one college improved to grade 1, five colleges retained their grade 2, nine colleges dropped to grade 3 and one college dropped to grade 4.
An Ofsted grade 2 is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve and to keep!
For the full report visit www.ofsted.gov.uk