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Posted on 22/10/2017 in Congratulations 4

Congratulations: Burton and South Derbyshire College​, Ofsted Good

Congratulations: Burton and South Derbyshire College​, Ofsted Good

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 Leaders and managers have developed very strong employer partnerships that have helped to reshape the curriculum. Most courses now match closely with employers’ specific skill requirements. Consequently, most learners develop their skills successfully and progress to employment or further learning.

 Since the previous inspection, governors,leaders and managers have taken extensive and effective steps to improve provision. These include learners’ achievement rates and learners’ progress in a wide range of subjects,including English and mathematics.

 The proportion of learners aged 16 to 18,adults and apprentices achieving their qualifications in 2016/17 is significantly higher than in the previous year. Adult learners studying access to higher education qualifications, and advanced apprentices, have been particularly successful.

 Staff provide learners with highly effective additional support. Consequently, these learners make good progress, including those learners with high needs on vocational courses.

 As a result of extensive support and development for teachers, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment has improved rapidly and is now good in most areas.

 Leaders’ management of subcontractors is good. As a result, most learners on subcontracted provision achieve their qualifications.

 A small minority of teachers do not have highenough expectations of their learners. Toooften, they do not set work that is sufficiently challenging or provide feedback that is helpful enough so that the most-able learners can achieve at the level of which they are capable.

 On a small minority of study programmes and courses for adults, too few learners achieve their qualifications. As a result of changes to the delivery of English and mathematics, too few apprentices achieve their qualifications within planned timescales.

 Managers have not yet developed sufficient work-experience opportunities for learners with high needs.

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