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City of Portsmouth College

2018 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Review the arrangements for evaluating the quality and impact of teaching so that managers focus more closely on assessing students’ progress and the standards of their work.
  • Ensure that self-assessment and quality improvement plans identify more precisely what needs to be done, and how to do it, to bring about improvements.
  • Make sure that students’ attendance at classroom-based lessons improves rapidly.
  • Ensure that teachers and assessors place a much stronger emphasis on developing and applying students’ skills in English and mathematics in all subject areas.
  • Confirm that all students have a good understanding of British values and how these relate to their lives.
  • Improve teaching, learning and assessment by:
    • making sure that teachers and assessors use the information gathered about students from assessment activities to plan and teach lessons that set high expectations for students and meet their individual learning needs
    • ensuring that teachers and assessors make effective use of methods to monitor and track students’ progress and quickly identify students or apprentices falling behind so that support and interventions can be rapidly put in place
    • ensuring that students receive feedback that enables them to understand what they have done well and what they need to do to improve their work.

2011 Full Inspection Report
What does Highbury College need to do to improve further?
  • Improve the attendance of students by ensuring tracking and follow-up procedures are followed closely by all staff.
  • Increase success rates for apprenticeship programmes by continuing to monitor the progress of trainees rigorously and ensure they achieve within planned timescales.
  • Continue the focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning by sharing the good practice that exists in the college to ensure all teaching sessions meet the individual needs of students.

2007 Full Inspection Report
Areas for improvement

The college should address:

  • low retention rates in several curriculum areas
  • the need to increase the proportion of high quality teaching
  • the inconsistent quality and impact of curriculum area and course reviews.

2005 Re-Inspection Report


2003 Full Inspection Report
What should be improved
  • quality of much teaching and learning
  • rigour of college observation of teaching and learning
  • poor retention rates on level 1 courses and trends in overall retention rates
  • management of work-based learning courses and pass rates
  • implementation of basic skills strategy
  • management and implementation of key skills.
  • some inadequate accommodation and space allocation
  • some poor use of individual students' assessment data
  • assessment and self-assessment procedures and practice in some areas
  • integration of information and communications technology (ICT) in teaching and learning
  • lack of entry level provision
  • curriculum management in some occupational areas
  • use of quality assurance arrangements to ensure improvements
  • sharing of good practice