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2022 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve?
  • Check that senior leaders at Discovery College monitor all aspects of the study programmes, so that all young learners are taught the personal development programme and teachers use assessments to help these learners improve the standard of their work.
  • Ensure that local employers’ views and needs are represented on the adult education board.
  • In adult learning programmes, teach the personal skills that learners need on courses that aim to help learners progress to higher level courses at other institutions. Also, assess the impact that the well-being courses have on learners’ well-being.
  • Provide vocational teachers with the opportunity to update their vocational competence regularly.

2019 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Rapidly improve the governance and oversight of the provision at a senior management level by:
    • conducting regular and frequent scrutiny of the quality of all of the provision to ensure that improvements are made rapidly
    • developing clear accountability measures and processes that ensure that managers at all levels are held to account for the performance of learners and the quality of provision
    • evaluating the impact of courses on learners to determine if the provision meets the needs of learners and the local community.
  • Improve teaching, learning and assessment so that they are of a consistently good quality by:
    • providing learners with more challenging activities so that they make more rapid progress from their starting points
    • monitoring closely the progress that learners make in developing skills and knowledge.
  • Increase the proportion of learners who achieve their English and mathematics qualifications.

2016 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Ensure that new senior managers with specialist expertise implement the overall quality improvement process successfully to ensure that the good quality of provision is sustained and further improvements are timely.
  • Managers must ensure that learners receive the level and type of specialist learning support which will best help them achieve their functional skills English and mathematics qualifications.
  • Ensure that data on learners’ attendance on all courses is up to date and readily available online so that managers have a clear idea of the current rate of learners’ attendance.
  • Ensure that teachers set learners demanding targets and provide them with incisive written feedback so that learners can develop their skills to the highest level and be well prepared for their next steps in education, training or employment.

2013 Full Inspection Report
What does Preston College need to do to improve further?
  • Increase the amount of teaching which is outstanding, and ensure that no teaching is less than good, by making greater use of information and learning technology in teaching sessions; ensuring that better use is made of questioning in teaching sessions to check learners’ understanding; and making sure that teaching is carried out at an appropriate pace and does not introduce too much information at any one time.
  • Ensure that written feedback to learners is provided systematically and regularly.
  • Ensure that learners’ progress is monitored and recorded against individual targets within their learning plans.
  • Increase the promotion of equality and diversity in teaching sessions by identifying naturally occurring opportunities where learners’ awareness of equality and diversity can be developed; and ensure that equality and diversity are included and planned in teaching sessions.
  • Increase attendance by developing the newly introduced incentives system to encourage attendance; promoting the importance and value of regular attendance to learners at enrolment; and ensuring that learners appreciate the impact of their non-attendance on the class dynamics.

2010 Full Inspection Report
What does PACLS need to do to improve further?
  • Further improve success rates and the recognition and recording of achievement in non-accredited provision by ensuring that tutors implement PACLS’s policies and procedures to set and monitor individual learners’ targets through individual learning plans.
  • Increase the proportion of good and outstanding teaching and learning through sharing good practice effectively across the service and by using the process of observations of teaching and learning more effectively to identify and monitor specific and time-bound action plans for improvement.
  • Implement plans for a single employment contract for all tutors and consolidate the operational management of the service in order to ensure further improvements to the quality of provision.
  • Monitor and review quality improvement processes so that PACLS uses them effectively to improve the quality of provision across the service.

2007 Full Inspection Report
Key challenges for Plymouth City Council
  • maintain the responsiveness of the provision
  • maintain the good initiatives to promote social inclusion
  • improve success rates
  • improve initial assessment
  • improve target-setting for learners improve arrangements for recognising and recording learners’ progress and achievement
  • strengthen arrangements to monitor performance
  • extend the use of information learning technology (ILT)

2004 Inspection Report


2003 Inspection Report


Report Recommendations