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Inspection Reports

Ofsted Inspection
Furness College is a GOOD college with OUTSTANDING provision in Engineering.

Furness College was graded a GOOD college.
Engineering was graded OUTSTANDING.

We were inspected by Ofsted from 24 – 27 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

Summary
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.

For the full report visit the Ofsted website


Quality Assurance Agency Review
The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) visited Furness College in February 2016 to undertake a full Higher Education Review. The result was exceptionally positive and complemented many areas of the College’s HE practice across a broad range of subjects.

The QAA team formed the following judgements about the Higher Education provision at Furness College:

  • The maintenance of the academic standards of awards offered on behalf of degree-awarding bodies and other awarding organisations meets UK expectations;
  • The quality of student learning opportunities meets UK expectations;
  • The quality of the information about learning opportunities meets UK expectations;
  • The enhancement of student learning opportunities is commended.

Good practice The QAA team identified the following features of good practice at Furness College:

  • The drawing together of data from a range of sources to inform comprehensive action plans, which are aligned to internal and external benchmarks;
  • The effective relationship between the College and stakeholders that enables the College to make timely adjustments to the curriculum to maintain relevance and currency;
  • The strategic approach that enables all stakeholders to work together to identify and seamlessly develop enhancement opportunities of mutual benefit;
  • The culture of enhancement that pervades all aspects of College provision.

Recommendations The QAA team makes the following recommendations to Furness College. By September 2016:

  • Implement formal structured training for student representatives.

For the full report, visit the QAA website


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Cumbria
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