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Colchester Sixth Form College

2013 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve?
  • Through staff development and the internal lesson observation process, focus on enabling learners of different abilities to progress in all lessons according to their potential. Ensure that learners who work at a slower pace have sufficient support to help them make good progress and not be left behind by a fast pace of learning. Provide more challenging activities to extend the more able learners who have completed their learning activities and who are ready to further their learning.
  • Increase the priority given in lessons to developing learners’ English and mathematics skills in a wide variety of contexts.
  • Disseminate the good practice evident in certain areas of the college in promoting equality and diversity appropriately in lessons to teachers in other areas of the college. Ensure that all teachers have the skills and understanding of a wide range of matters related to equality and diversity so that they can, with confidence, address issues raised during lessons and increase learners’ awareness and understanding of such issues.
  • Ensure that teachers in all areas of the college develop the population, interactivity and use of their VLEs to support and enliven learning to match the high standards of the best practice exhibited in other parts of the college.
  • Address the issue of overcrowding in many of the college spaces so that staff and learners can work in areas more conducive to study and learning and that they are enabled to move more safely.
  • Improve the self-critical nature of the self-assessment report. Ensure the thorough analysis of the full range of college-wide data to inform key areas for improvement and required actions. Prioritise the key areas for improvement identified at all levels in the college.
  • Improve the quality of the action plans and targets which emanate from the self-assessment process. Establish a set of key performance indicators that enable governors and senior managers to monitor and drive improvements throughout the academic year.

2007 Full Inspection Report
Areas for improvement

The college should address:

  • a minority of small, cramped rooms
  • the restricted opportunities for curriculum managers to develop management skills outside their subject area
  • the use of individual learning plans to plan learning activities and improve further the progress made by students.

2001 Full Inspection Report
What should be improved
  • monitoring the effectiveness of classroom teaching
  • monitoring the effect that poor accommodation has on teaching and learning
  • developing students' ability to learn independently
  • the review on progress of students taking General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) packages.

Report Recommendations