Ofsted GOOD in All Areas - November 2017
We are delighted to announce that Richmond upon Thames College has been rated as a GOOD college in all eight areas by Ofsted. Read the latest Ofsted report for RuTC (November 2017) now or see below for highlights.
Ofsted - Effectiveness of leadership and management - GOOD
Leaders and managers have a clear and ambitious vision for the college to increase the participation of learners by offering a varied curriculum to meet the needs of the local communities.
They have successfully reshaped the curriculum offer to increase the number of vocational courses for students.
Leaders and managers work effectively with a wide range of partners, including employers and local universities to develop training initiatives and programmes to support students in progressing into employment and in engaging with their local communities.
Ofsted - Quality of teaching, learning and assessment - GOOD
Teachers and assessors are well qualified. They are ambitious for their students and use their industry experience well to plan and teach sessions that interest and meet the needs of the vast majority of students.
Students appreciate their teachers’ knowledge and value the way they successfully relate teaching to real-life situations.
Teachers plan interesting lessons and tutorials to promote equality and celebrate diversity.
Ofsted - Personal development, behaviour and welfare - GOOD
Students make good progress in developing their practical skills and confidence.
Students benefit from a wide range of relevant work-related activities, including external trips, employers’ talk and external work experience.
Staff prepare students well for life in modern Britain and teachers promote British values effectively during tutorials and in lessons.
Ofsted - Outcomes for learners - GOOD
Students and apprentices make good progress and develop good practical and vocational skills. They produce work of a high standard.
Apprentices make very good progress which leads to their taking on more responsibilities at work, and gaining promotions and permanent employment.
The vast majority of students progress to employment, apprenticeships, or further or higher education.
Staff support and prepare students well for their next steps.
Students with high needs and learning difficulties and/or disabilities make good progress and achieve well. They develop their independence skills effectively to support them to progress to higher levels of study.
Ofsted - 16-19 study programmes - GOOD
Students’ achievement of their qualifications, including English and mathematics GCSE, is good.
Students enjoy well-planned and individual programmes which meet the principles of the study programme very well. Staff carefully plan programmes and activities to meet the needs and interests of students.
Students remain focused on the studies and motivated to achieve their goals.
Students develop in confidence and gain valuable work-related skills.
Students have high ambitions and receive useful and helpful advice and support from staff to help them plan and prepare for their employment or education.
Ofsted - Adult learning programmes - GOOD
Leaders, managers and teachers plan and design adult programmes carefully and effectively to ensure that they meet the needs of the community.
Teachers successfully support students to overcome barriers to employment and learning. As a result, the majority of students progress to higher level learning or employment.
Teachers and staff support adult students well to develop the skills they need to progress towards their individual goals.
Ofsted - Apprenticeships - GOOD
Leaders and managers work very closely with local employers and the community to ensure that apprenticeship programmes meet employers’ needs very well.
Apprentices receive good on and off the job training. They take part in highly relevant tasks designed to teach them valuable techniques and processes that they can apply effectively in the workplace.
Apprentices develop good industry skills and demonstrate the expected behaviours required for their sectors.
Employers benefit from the skills and confidence apprentices develop on their programme.
Ofsted - Provision for learners with high needs - GOOD
A highly experienced and enthusiastic team supports students with complex needs very effectively. Staff support students very well to develop in confidence and increase their independence.
Teachers and support staff prepare students very well for employment. The majority of students take part in meaningful work experience which meets their individual needs. The majority of students progress to higher levels of study or employment when they complete their course.
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