The report, published today, March 7th, highlights key strengths at the College as well as areas for improvement.
A very high proportion of students and apprentices progress onto sustained employment, training and further or higher education, and the College’s partnerships with employers create an effective curriculum that meets local skills needs.
Apprenticeships and provision for students with high needs are both judged as good. Safeguarding is effective and students feel safe. However, more needs to be done to provide a consistently good teaching and learning experience for students across the College.
Angela Foulkes, Principal and Acting Chief Executive, The Sheffield College, said: “Ensuring students have a consistently good learning experience so they can fulfil their potential is my top priority. We are not complacent. The College is taking swift action with a comprehensive plan to address the points raised by Ofsted.”
She added: “We are pleased that Ofsted has acknowledged the College’s strengths including apprenticeships, high needs provision, employer partnerships, careers guidance and effective safeguarding. Our students feel safe and their behaviour is positive and respectful.”
Ofsted inspectors assessed the College against eight criteria:
Inspectors have praised the College’s work with employers, and say that most apprentices and students, including those with high needs, make good progress from their starting point. The College has been commended for working exceptionally well to develop apprenticeship and work experience opportunities.
The report states that the recently changed senior leadership team and governing body are beginning to take actions to tackle weaknesses, and have launched a comprehensive plan to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment across the College.
Seb Schmoller, Chair of Governors, The Sheffield College Governing Body, added: “The governors are proud of what we do well, not least our work with employers and the way we are meeting local skills needs. But we are absolutely determined to support Angela Foulkes and the staff of the College to improve things quickly in the areas where Ofsted has rightly said we need to do better. Our students and the communities we serve deserve nothing less than this.”
The report is available at https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/130531