Richmond upon Thames College is extremely pleased with the positive comments from their Ofsted Interim visit report (November 2020) on their Covid-19 adaptations, which you can read by clicking here.
The report highlights how quickly the College adapted its curriculum delivery to online, whilst ensuring the safety of students and staff and making sure they have been well supported during this difficult time.
Below are a few of the highlights from the report:
"Managers have issued around 250 laptops to support those students who would otherwise be unable to study online."
"Staff from local partner organisations, including employers, the university and the local chamber of commerce speak positively about how helpful staff at the college have been during the restrictions. For example, staff at the college supported a group of engineering apprentices who were made redundant due to COVID-19. They helped them find alternative employment, or secure a place at university, so they could continue with their careers."
"Many teachers have changed how they assess learners and the frequency of that assessment, so they can gain a clear understanding of any gaps in learners’ knowledge or development, taking action where necessary."
"Teachers and students recognise some of the benefits of the current mix of online and face-to-face teaching. For example, due to smaller class sizes, teachers state that behaviour has improved, and that students make quicker progress as they receive more support. Students feel that teachers support them particularly well, both in lessons and online."
"Staff make frequent contact with students to check on their emotional well-being. Managers provide additional counselling and support services for those students who experience increased levels of anxiety."
"Learners feel safe around the campus, and when working online. They know who to contact if they have any concerns about their welfare or safety."