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Plumpton College

2018 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Accelerate plans to introduce independent careers guidance. Ensure that all learners have access to impartial information, advice and guidance at all stages of their course so that they can plan their next steps better informed about all options.
  • Make theory lessons in a small minority of areas more interesting and informative so learners gain new knowledge and understanding more rapidly and make the progress of which they are capable.
  • Improve the management of learners with high needs by:
    • ensuring that teachers use the good information available on learners to provide learning which will help each learner make better progress
    • helping learners improve their work further to reach their full potential
    • monitoring the progress of learners against their planned outcomes.

2016 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Leaders, managers and staff must ensure that qualification achievement rates for all courses rise rapidly to exceed national rates. Recently improved measures to monitor learners‟ progress should be used to identify and provide immediate support to any learners in danger of not achieving their main qualification.
  • Leaders and managers should focus recently enhanced quality improvement measures on study programmes and apprenticeship provision, to ensure sustained improvements in the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in these areas.
  • Managers should make use of the effective practice in the teaching of English and mathematics that exists in a number of areas, to develop fully all teachers‟ confidence and skills in these subjects. Spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors on written work must be identified so that learners understand how and where they need to improve.
  • Managers must support teachers to plan more effectively to meet the needs of all learners during theory classes, particularly the most able. The range and suitability of classroom activities should be improved so that all learners are involved in and challenged by each element of a lesson.
  • Teachers should be supported to develop further the range of tutorial and review materials that generate discussion of British values and the ways learners can recognise and avoid radicalisation from any source.

2011 Full Inspection Report
What does Plumpton College need to do to improve further?
  • Improve students’ success rates in poorer performing subject areas and for advanced apprenticeships, by building on the good practice demonstrated in other areas of the curriculum.
  • Improve the sharing of effective practice in supporting students with complex additional learning needs so that all students improve their literacy and numeracy skills and achieve accreditation where appropriate.
  • Ensure that all aspects of the provision are fully covered by self-assessment so that weaker provision can be identified and appropriately targeted for improvement.

2007 Full Inspection Report
Areas for improvement

The college should address:

  • further development of the quality of teaching and learning
  • the formal planning of individual learning and tutorials
  • the rigour and consistency of quality improvement
  • the identification and sharing of good practice across the curriculum
  • the quality of work-based learning
  • the rigour and comprehensiveness of self-assessment.

2003 Full Inspection Report
What should be improved
  • the quality of teaching and learning
  • the quality of action planning and target setting in tutorials
  • the consistency of assessment and internal verification for work-based learners
  • access for people with restricted mobility.

Report Recommendations