Ofsted today released their latest report on the council-run Isle of Wight Adult and Community Learning college, finding that it ‘Requires improvement’, a fall from their previous report (May 2009), which judged it as ‘Good’.
Leadership and teaching criticized
While Ofset judges the ‘Outcomes for learners’ as Good, both the ‘Quality of teaching, learning and assessment’ and ‘Effectiveness of leadership and management’ were judged as requiring improvement.
The Ofsted report (in full below), lists Steve Beynon, chief executive of the council, as the Principle/CEO of the college.
Points requiring improvement
The key points the inspection body give for finding it needed were:-
- Standards of teaching, learning and assessment vary too much and in some curriculum areas require significant improvement.
- Learners from minority ethnic backgrounds do not achieve as well as other learners.
- Self-assessment is not accurate or self-critical enough.
- Observations of teaching and learning are not frequent or effective enough to bring about improvement.
- The service does not monitor the quality of commissioned provision closely enough.
Points judged as good
Those things Ofsted did think the college did do well at were :-
- Learners on short courses and those taking family learning programmes achieve well.
- Learners gain good personal and employability skills.
- Highly effective partnership working leads to productive engagement with learners facing disadvantage.
- Community learning champions effectively support and engage with new learners in the community.
- An effective strategy prioritises and meets adult learners’ needs well.
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