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Bradford College

2017 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve?
  • As a matter of urgency, governors, leaders and managers should ensure that they address all the areas for improvement identified at the previous inspection. In particular, they should:
    • ensure that all learners on 16 to 19 study programmes have access to good-quality and relevant work experience
    • improve the progress that learners make so that all learners, including those who have high-needs funding, fulfil their potential.
  • Leaders and managers should quicken the pace of improvement so that achievement rates on 16 to 19 study programmes increase rapidly.
  • Teachers should ensure that they pay close attention to the needs of individual learners in the planning and delivery of teaching and in the assessment of learning, so that all learners, including those who have high-needs funding, make the progress of which they are capable.
  • Leaders and managers should assess the quality of teaching, learning and assessment more realistically and take action to address the key areas for improvement.
  • Leaders and managers should ensure that attendance increases, especially in English and mathematics lessons.

2014 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Implement effective strategies to target the areas of provision that are still under-performing so that even more students successfully achieve their main learning aim.
  • Increase the opportunities for all students on study programmes to access a meaningful and vocationally relevant work placement.
  • Accelerate the progress of students on advanced vocational courses so that they achieve grades they should be capable of given their prior achievement.

2008 Full Inspection Report
Areas for improvement

The college should address:

  • low success for adults at level 2 and satisfactory level 3 success rates
  • the attention given to learning during lesson observation
  • uneven provision of assistive technology for those with sensory support needs
  • individual learning plans in non-accredited learning which are insufficiently rigorous.

2006 Re-Inspection Report
Areas for improvement
  • insufficient development of learners vocational skills in hospitality, travel and tourism
  • lack of challenge for more able learners
  • insufficient access to ICT to support learning

2004 Full Inspection Report
What should be improved
  • the poor punctuality and attendance in some classes
  • the volume of outstanding teaching
  • the unsatisfactory teaching in English for speakers other languages (ESOL), hospitality, sports, leisure and tourism
  • unsatisfactory teaching in literacy and numeracy on the main campus
  • the initial assessment and tutorial support for adults studying part time
  • the weak action planning and monitoring in several curriculum areas
  • the rigour in the application of some quality assurance procedures
  • the arrangements to review the performance and development needs of teachers.

Report Recommendations