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East Durham College

2021 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve?
  • Ensure that staff teaching vocational and academic courses make good use of the detailed information in the education and health care plans of learners with high needs so that their approaches to teaching and training meet the individual needs of these learners.
  • Ensure that any additional learning and support needs that adult learners may have are identified at the start of their programmes so that appropriate support can be provided to enable these learners to remain on their courses, make good progress and achieve.
  • Ensure that all apprentices benefit from well-structured and well-sequenced training so that they make good progress in developing the theoretical knowledge they need to support them in their jobs.

2014 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve?
  • Increase further the proportion of lessons where learning is outstanding through the sharing of good practice and continued professional development by:
    • ensuring that all short-term goals are specific and reviewed regularly
    • carrying out the marking of work and the correction of spelling and grammar to a consistently high standard
    • ensuring that all learning activities are informed by initial assessment to stretch and challenge all students
    • further use of information and communication technologies where appropriate to enhance learning
    • maximising opportunities to plan and develop students’ understanding of equality and diversity.
  • Work with partners and employers to increase further the availability of work placements for students on study programmes.
  • Continue to improve the success rates on apprenticeship programmes, particularly for those who achieve within their planned timescales, by ensuring apprentices are fully aware of the progress they are making and how they can improve their practice and understanding.

2008 Full Inspection Report
Areas for improvement

The college should address:

  • improve use of ILT in teaching
  • arrangements for initial assessment for part-time learners
  • clarity and sharpness of the self-assessment report
  • curriculum management in some areas.

2004 Full Inspection Report
What should be improved
  • the proportion of good or better teaching, particularly for 16 to 18 year olds
  • use of information and learning technology (ILT) in teaching and learning
  • range of provision and low levels of recruitment in some curriculum areas
  • responsiveness to literacy and numeracy needs in the community
  • relationship with local secondary schools to facilitate development planning at a strategic level
  • resources and accommodation in hairdressing and beauty therapy, hospitality and catering and animal care/equine studies
  • rigour of course review and self-assessment in several curriculum areas
  • the management of the Skills for Life strategy and literacy and numeracy support across the college.

Report Recommendations