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


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;

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;


  • 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

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