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South Devon College

2017 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Managers should identify areas for improvement swiftly and accurately to arrest the decline in learners’ achievement of qualifications.
  • Teachers should set learners specific, measurable and increasingly challenging targets, and monitor their progress towards achieving these rigorously, to ensure sustained improvements in learners’ achievements over time.
  • Teachers should make sure that activities enable learners of all abilities to achieve the highest grades of which they are capable, especially in provision for 14- to 16-year-old learners and vocational study programmes.
  • Teachers should ensure that learners understand the importance of English and mathematics as part of their programme and they should support learners to attend lessons and achieve qualifications in these subjects.
  • Managers and teachers should ensure that apprentices complete and achieve their functional skills qualifications more quickly. Across the whole of their apprenticeship programme, teachers should set targets for the skills and knowledge apprentices need to develop and closely monitor apprentices’ progress in completing these.

2008 Full Inspection Report
Areas for improvement

The college should address:

  • the rigour of lesson observations.

2005 Full Inspection Report
What should be improved
  • retention rates on level 3 courses for students aged 16 to 18
  • retention and pass rates on advanced subsidiary-level (AS-level) and some general certificate of education advanced-level (GCE A-level) courses for students aged 16 to 18
  • low numbers in some classes
  • some unsatisfactory accommodation
  • network facilities in ICT
  • monitoring of students who do not take up learning support
  • breadth of provision in some areas.

2002 Full Inspection Report
What should be improved?
  • quality of teaching in many curriculum areas
  • retention and pass rates • curriculum management
  • financial management • management information systems
  • specialist resources in several curriculum areas
  • assessment practices on many courses
  • key skills provision
  • students' punctuality and attendance
  • timetabling arrangements
  • health and safety practice in some curriculum areas.

Report Recommendations