Ofsted Inspection Report March 2015

  • Ofsted Inspection Report March 2015
  • 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

Inspection Grades:

Overall effectiveness:                                          Good 2

Outcomes for learners:                                         Good 2

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment:           Good 2

Effectiveness of leadership and management:           Good 2

THE HIGHLIGHTS:

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.

Engineering

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;

Manufacturing Apprenticeships

  • 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;

English

  • The proportion of students who gain their functional skills qualification is high,
  • The development of speaking and listening skills in lessons is good

Maths

  • 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

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