Sunday, 11 December 2011

Solihull Sixth Form College downgraded by inspectors

INSPECTORS have downgraded their rating of Solihull Sixth Form College.

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Ofsted rated the Widney Road college as satisfactory compared to good in a 2009 inspection on a scale of outstanding, good, satisfactory or inadequate.

The college’s capacity to improve and leadership and management was also moved from outstanding to good. Then quality of provision went from good to satisfactory.

The latest inspection found “the variability in standards between subjects has yet to be eradicated”.

It said: The college is recovering from a period of major staff changes during which students’ outcomes remained static and few significant improvements were made to the quality of provision.”

It said the proportion of students who get A and B grades is below average and there are “significant variations” in results between subjects, which are “very low” for AS-level maths, history and physics.

The report said: “The majority of lessons are good but the quality of lesson planning is often unsatisfactory.”

It added: “Teaching and learning are satisfactory. The quality of lessons observed by inspectors was mostly good, but with a significant minority of satisfactory lessons and very few that were outstanding.”

Effective lessons challenge students, it said, but some focus on the whole group which does not give more able students “sufficient opportunities to develop their own solutions”.

This meant more able students get “insufficient challenge and their progress is slower than it should be”.

And it said support for literacy and innumeracy is “underdeveloped”.

But it said managers had now “generated a greater sense of urgency” to measure and improve on teacher effectiveness.

He said: “Curriculum managers are clear about what is expected of them, and are beginning to work well together to implement improvements, particularly to the quality of teaching and learning.”

Students are also “exceptionally happy” it said and “feel very safe and are treated fairly”.

Academic coaches have been introduced but it was too early to assess their impact, it said.

It also said the college provides a good range of courses.

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