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Bicton College

2022 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve?
  • Leaders need to improve the quality of teaching in literacy and numeracy lessons so that students make better progress from their starting points, attend in higher numbers and achieve their qualifications.
  • Senior leaders must swiftly implement the new adult learning strategy and engage more hard-to-reach learners, including adults needing to improve their literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Managers must further develop the few teachers who are not yet sufficiently skilled in teaching theory topics to students, so that students understand the link between theory and practice.

2019 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve?
  • Governors must enhance the quality of teaching, learning and assessment by challenging leaders and managers to secure the required improvements in teaching, learning and assessment and in the outcomes for learners.
  • Leaders and managers must ensure that the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is consistently good or better across all subject areas and provision types, including for students who have high needs.
  • Leaders, managers and teachers must ensure that a greater proportion of students achieve their qualifications and make progress according to their potential.
  • Leaders and managers should support teachers to identify accurately the academic starting points for students who have high needs. They should ensure that teachers use this information to plan learning and assessment that effectively meet students’ needs.
  • Teachers must raise their expectations of their students and apprentices. They should provide them with detailed and helpful feedback so that they know how to improve the quality of their work.
  • Teachers and trainers must ensure that a higher proportion of students and apprentices achieve good GCSE grades or functional skills qualifications in English and mathematics.
  • Leaders and managers should improve students’ and apprentices’ attendance at lessons.

2015 Full Inspection Report
What does the college need to do to improve further?
  • Set high standards for teachers when formulating action plans following lesson observations, especially focusing on challenging more-capable students to fulfil their potential, and ensure that improvement actions identified are completed quickly.
  • Implement the well-considered college strategies to ensure that all students fully develop their English and mathematics skills and gain their qualifications in these subjects.
  • Through a programme of staff development, ensure that teachers and assessors have the confidence to promote discussion about equality and diversity in their lessons and progress reviews.

2010 Full Inspection Report
What does Cornwall College need to do to improve further?
  • Improve success rates for adult learners on intermediate and advanced-level college-based courses by ensuring that each learner’s progress is consistently and rigorously monitored across all the college sites, and that clear and achievable targets are set for each course.
  • Improve further the quality of teaching and learning by ensuring that internal lesson observation procedures identify and record truly outstanding practice, and develop strategies for disseminating and sharing such practice across the college.
  • Develop more effective ways of measuring the impact of college strategies to improve aspects of provision so that inconsistencies between, and within, college sites can be identified effectively and remedied swiftly.
  • Ensure that course and curriculum level self-assessment uses data analysis more effectively to provide a sharper focus on specific areas requiring improvement. Improve the impact of all forms of written self-assessment by focusing on brief critical evaluation rather than lengthy description.

2006 Full Inspection Report
Areas for improvement

The college should address:

  • retention and achievement particularly for adult learners at levels 1 and 2
  • links between quality assurance and quality improvement
  • lesson planning
  • ILT in teaching
  • target setting for learners
  • timeliness of completions for work-based learners
  • promotion of cultural awareness and diversity in the curriculum.

2005 Re-Inspection Report


2003 Full Inspection Report
What should be improved
  • the overall standard of teaching
  • students' attainment in many curriculum areas
  • quality of literacy and numeracy provision
  • quality of most work-based learning provision
  • retention rates on some courses, particularly at level 1
  • sharing of good practice across college sites.

Report Recommendations