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College of Animal Welfare

2022 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve?
  • Leaders and managers need to ensure that workplace supervisors of apprentices on level 3 veterinary nursing fully understand their role. Leaders need to have effective, ongoing communication with workplace supervisors to ensure that supervisors provide good support to apprentices to complete their qualifications.
  • Senior leaders need to ensure that apprentices receive ongoing impartial career advice and guidance to enable apprentices to consider the full range of career options available to them.

2016 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve?
  • Implement an effective strategy for the development of learners’ English and mathematical skills and ensure that:
    • staff leading this work are suitably qualified to teach literacy and numeracy
    • teachers and assessors have the confidence and skills they need to support learners effectively
    • learners receive the help they need in a way that best suits their needs
    • teachers provide help to all learners who need it, regardless of their starting point or current level of skill.
  • Improve target setting at all levels of the organisation to ensure that both management targets and those for individual learners are relevant, specific and easily measurable.
  • Improve self-assessment, so that the summative report is concise and identifies strengths and areas for improvement clearly and for all aspects of the provision.
  • Assess more accurately whether veterinary nurse apprentices are ready to sit external examinations or submit assignments, to improve their ability to pass at their first attempt.
  • Take robust and rapid action to improve the achievements of animal care apprentices by implementing the plans for new management and quality assurance arrangements.
  • Continue to improve achievement for veterinary nurse apprentices by ensuring that they:
    • are well prepared and working at the right standard for their examinations
    • receive the help they need to develop their literacy and numeracy skills to allow them to meet the academic demands of the course more easily.

2012 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Support teachers and supervisors to develop their teaching, learning and assessment skills through more effective use of lesson observations to identify key areas for improvement.
  • Make more effective use of lesson observation assessments and plans for improvement during the performance management of teachers and supervisors.
  • Develop, implement and monitor strategies that ensure teaching, learning and assessment promote learners’ understanding of equality and diversity
  • Promote veterinary nursing and animal care as a career option to minority ethnic groups and men to increase their participation rates.
  • Provide learners with more opportunities to take responsible for their learning in lessons, progress reviews and other learning activities by making more use of learner-centred activities.

2008 Full Inspection Report
Key areas for improvement
  • Success rates in animal care
  • Proportion of good or better teaching
  • Planning of workplace training and assessment
  • Reinforcement of equality and diversity in teaching and reviews
  • Implementation of a skills for life strategy

2004 Full Inspection Report

Key challenges for the College of Animal Welfare:

  • set learners timely, achievable and demanding targets to ensure NVQ and key skills portfolios are completed on time
  • develop staff skills to support learners with additional learning needs
  • improve internal verification practices to ensure consistency of standards
  • review and complete planned actions to promote provision to under-represented groups and develop clearly stated outcomes that measure each action ís success
  • continue to implement the self-assessment process into the operations and strategy of the organisation
  • develop the quality assurance manual as an authoritative and informative description of the quality assurance system

Report Recommendations