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Sandwell College

2014 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Continue to raise the standards of classroom practice so that more students benefit from outstanding teaching and learning that challenges and stretches all of them.
  • Identify the reasons for the relatively weaker performance on long courses for students and apprentices aged 16 to 18 and take effective actions to help them improve further.
  • Implement actions to ensure that teachers’ written feedback on students’ marked work is more detailed and constructive, to help students understand how they can improve further.
  • Develop further links with external partners to support more students on study programmes to improve their employability skills through the provision of work placements or work experience.

2011 Full Inspection Report
What does Sandwell College need to do to improve further?
  • Increase success rates still further by providing learners with clearer and more challenging targets, and giving them more detailed information about how they could improve their work.
  • Help learners make better progress by ensuring that teachers use information about learners’ prior attainment when planning their lessons so that tasks are better matched to learners’ interests and abilities.
  • Further develop teachers’ skills by focusing staff development activities more sharply on learning in lessons and evaluating fully the impact of staff development on raising the quality of learning.
  • Improve the rigour of lesson observations by ensuring that observers focus more consistently on the learning and progress that takes place, to enable the college to have a more accurate picture of the quality of lessons and so inform improvement planning more effectively.
  • Provide more opportunities for employers to become involved in quality improvement procedures in preparation for their greater involvement in the new college.
  • Set challenging performance targets for the new college and ensure that college managers are prepared fully to meet them.

2008 Full Inspection Report
Areas for improvement

The college should address:

  • long level 3 success rates
  • maintaining the rate of improvement in success rates
  • the full implementation of quality improvement arrangements across the college
  • increasing the proportion of good and better teaching
  • the poor accommodation
  • its financial position.

2006 Full Inspection Report
Areas for improvement

The college should address:

  • the success rates for learners aged 16 to 18 and adults
  • the attendance of learners
  • the quality of lessons so that many more are good or better
  • the extent of employer engagement
  • the arrangements for providing additional learning support
  • the use of data for planning, monitoring and improving the provision
  • the rigour and effectiveness of self-assessment
  • the quality of the accommodation.

2005 Re-Inspection Report


2003 Full Inspection Report
What should be improved
  • retention rates for students aged 16 to 18 at level 1
  • pass rates for students aged 16 to 18 at levels 1 and 3 and adult students at level 1
  • the achievement of work-based learners
  • unsatisfactory provision in ICT, childcare and humanities
  • unsatisfactory curriculum management in some areas
  • ineffective use of the management information system
  • underdeveloped use of information and learning technology (ILT).

2001 Full Inspection Report


Report Recommendations