Nottingham College’s most recent Ofsted inspection report is now available and confirms that the college is now a GOOD college, a result that recognises the pace of change and improvement the college has undergone in the last 2 years.
The inspection took place in early December 2022 when a team of 19 inspectors visited the college and spent four days going into classrooms, observing lessons and meeting with students, teachers, staff, managers, employers and community stakeholders.
The key findings from the report include:
- Learners and apprentices develop the skills and knowledge they need to make progress in education or to secure and sustain employment.
- As a result of their studies, apprentices become more confident when at work.
- Adult learners develop character and confidence.
- Tutors have good levels of subject expertise, which they use effectively in their teaching. They keep their subject expertise up to date through links with industry.
- Tutors teach well. They provide well planned and interesting lessons.
- The large majority of learners and apprentices develop the skills and knowledge that they need to move on to positive education or employment destinations. Those that want to study at university develop effective study skills.
- The large majority of learners and apprentices have positive experiences at Nottingham College. They find that the courses they study meet their needs, and that the college environment is calm and safe.
- Managers and tutors set clear ground rules for behaviour and attendance in classrooms and workshops. During lessons, tutors build effective relationships with the large majority of learners.
- Leaders and managers work hard to develop links with an array of employers.
- Managers with responsibility for adult learning courses develop strong links to the local community
- Learners and apprentices feel safe when they study at college.
- The college works well with stakeholders to design and deliver courses in the community for disadvantaged people.
- The College is keen to engage widely with other education institutions, local government and local employers to understand local and regional skills priorities and needs. This proactive approach means that the college has a reputation for being a responsive and trusted partner within the local and regional skills offer.
The above statement recognises the college’s emphasis on being an outward facing, trusted and collaborative partner locally and regionally and our continued commitment to this role in the future.
Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
Nottingham College has been awarded with the highest level of judgements possible by the Quality Assurance Agency, recognising the college’s impressive academic achievements at HE level.
The review identified no specific improvements for the College to make, only areas of development to further strengthen its offer.
For more information about the Quality Assurance Agency and The QAA Higher Education Quality Review, please visit: http://www.qaa.ac.uk