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New Ofsted Report 2018 For The Sheffield College

Updated: 07/03/2018

A new Ofsted report has judged that The Sheffield College requires improvement.

New Ofsted Report 2018 For The Sheffield College

A very high proportion of students and apprentices progress onto sustained employment, training and further or higher education according to the latest Ofsted report, published on March 7th 2018.

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:

  • Apprenticeship provision is good.
  • Provision for students with high needs is good.
  • Adult learning programmes require improvement.
  • Courses for 16 to 19-year-olds require improvement.
  • The effectiveness of leadership and management requires improvement.
  • The quality of teaching, learning and assessment requires improvement.
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare require improvement.
  • Outcomes for students require improvement.

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

 Key facts

  • The Sheffield College is a further education college that provides full-time and part-time academic, vocational and professional courses to approximately 16,000 young people and adults every year. It has a £321 million economic impact on the city annually.
  • The College offers a broad range of qualifications including apprenticeships, vocational diplomas, A Levels, access courses, and foundation and honours degrees, and has four main campuses: City, Hillsborough, Olive Grove and Peaks
  • The Sheffield College Governing Body comprises Gwyn Arnold, Kathryn Atkin, Jay Bhayani, Ian Brown, Ian Falconer, Angela Foulkes, Beri Hare OBE, Professor Chris Husbands, Jane Jones, Chris Linacre MBE, Saleem Rashid, Seb Schmoller, Amy Smith, Kim Streets, John Timms, Gil Vasey and Anne Wilson MBE. For more information, click here