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Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

2017 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Leaders should maintain a strong and relentless focus on strategies for improvement in outcomes for the small number of students taking AS and A levels in subjects such as physics, arts, and English who do not make the progress expected of them.
  • Ensure that the accommodation used to teach adult learners in the college’s annex mirrors the spacious and high-quality facilities provided to students aged 16 to 19.

2014 Full Inspection Report
What does the college need to do to improve further?
  • Amend the teaching of English GCSE so that it focuses on the specific skills that each student needs to develop.
  • Introduce more work-related experiences to vocational courses and ensure that teachers plan learning and assessment activities that target the development of students’ practical skills.
  • Ensure that teachers set a range of challenging tasks that enable students of all abilities to make rapid progress.

2013 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Increase students’ progress and success rates through improving the quality of teaching and learning so that a greater proportion becomes at least good by promoting the sharing of the best practice between teachers.
  • Improve lesson planning so that lessons better meet the needs of all students, ensuring that tasks set are challenging across the ability range and that students’ independent learning skills are more keenly developed.
  • Develop and support teachers in using questioning more effectively so that all students have good opportunities to extend their thinking and to develop their reasoning and spoken language.
  • Devise better arrangements for monitoring students’ progress and achievement, so that feedback, marking and target setting informs and supports students in their next steps in learning.
  • Improve the consistency, rigour and effectiveness of self assessment and other quality assurance arrangements across all subject areas.
  • Implement fully the revised arrangements for performance management of all staff, based on performance objectives which are demanding and measurable.

2006 Full Inspection Report
Areas for improvement

The college should address:

  • Pass rates on ESOL courses
  • Poor and deteriorating buildings
  • Insufficient monitoring of the impact of additional learning support

2001 Full Inspection Report
What should be improved
  • unsatisfactory retention and pass rates on some courses
  • some poor accommodation
  • lack of a comprehensive basic skills strategy
  • lack of rigour in identifying and addressing weaknesses in some departments
  • management of the college management information system (MIS).

Report Recommendations