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Ofsted confirms that we're a good College

In July 2016, Sunderland College was officially rated as ‘Good’ with many strong features following a four day inspection.

A full copy of the report is available at http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/ however, here are some of the highlights of the report:

Sunderland College is a good provider because:

  • College leaders promote a culture of high expectations that enables the great majority of learners to achieve their qualifications and pursue their career aspirations
  • Highly effective collaboration with key partners develops a curriculum that addresses local economic priorities and contributes towards the regeneration of the city centre
  • The large majority of younger learners on level 3 vocational programmes make very good progress compared with their starting points
  • Leaners develop good employability skills through high quality work placements
  • Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and passionate teachers lead lively and interesting sessions that learners enjoy and enable them to show what they know and can do
  • Through a strong focus on the application of English, maths and information communication and technology skills, learners are able to apply these skills to strengthen their subject knowledge
  • Learners develop a good understanding of healthy lifestyles, how to stay safe and respect for other cultures through an effective tutorial model

Leadership and Management

“Excellent communications and a highly visible leadership team underpin effective collaborative working across the college”

“Leaders’ close collaboration with key partners within the region results in a coherent and continuously updated curriculum aligned closely to regional and national priorities”

“Managers work closely with the local council, local health trusts, local universities and employers to design programmes to address specific skills gaps identified by the local enterprise partnership such as in advanced manufacturing, health and social care and in digital industries”

“Governors have the necessary range of skills, experience and expertise to challenge senior leaders and support the college effectively”

Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

“Teachers and assessors build the confidence of learners and apprentices through a strong focus on the application of English, mathematical and information and communication technology (ICT) skills”

“Teachers share their love of, and enthusiasm for, their subjects to lead lively and interesting sessions’.

“Teachers and personal tutors set high expectations and targets for achievement…they encourage learners to work diligently to achieve those targets so that they can go on to fulfil their emerging ambitions for work or higher education”

“Learners speak warmly of their teachers and tutors and value their knowledge and expertise highly”

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

“Managers and teachers promote a culture of high expectations that learners respond to though their good behaviour, the mutual respect they show to each other, and their eagerness to learn”

“Learners develop good employability skills”

“Teachers expose their learners to the challenges and opportunities of the world of work through some imaginatively designed enrichment activities”

“Information, Advice and Guidance staff focus effectively on enabling learners to identify career paths that they want to pursue from pre-enrolment right through to when they leave college”

Outcomes for Learners

“Due to the good quality teaching, learning and assessment and high levels of support and guidance, the great majority of learners achieve their qualifications and progress to higher education or sustainable employment.”

“The achievement and progress of adult learners is very good”

“A higher proportion of learners on study programmes achieve their qualifications than those at similar providers”

“Apprentices develop good vocational and technical skills that employers’ value”

“Learners with high needs develop the skills to enable them to be more independent.”

“Almost all apprentices retain their employment at the end of their qualification”