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Varndean College

2018 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Leaders and managers should ensure that:
    • all students have good access to effective impartial careers advice and guidance, regardless of where they are intending to progress, so that they can make informed decisions about their next steps
    • teachers develop students’ literacy and numeracy skills across all academic and vocational areas, so that more students improve and refine these skills to a higher level
    • all students have a suitable range of work-related activities and work-experience placements appropriate to their career aims
    • all students have a comprehensive and secure understanding of the risks associated with radicalisation and extremism and are confident about how to protect themselves from these risks
    • they improve processes for evaluating the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, making sure that managers can more clearly articulate the precise actions teachers must take to improve.

2012 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Increase the overall proportion of students completing their course successfully, particularly adults at foundation level, by ensuring individual students’ targets are explicit, easy to understand and raise students’ aspirations.
  • Increase the amount of outstanding teaching and learning, particularly through more effective use of questioning to support, challenge and inspire all students.
  • Improve results and the quality of functional skills provision by the timely use of initial assessment and more effective coordination and course management.
  • Develop consistently high-quality self-assessment by improving the use of students’ outcomes data to support judgements, and by sharpening the precision of actions for improvement.

2007 Full Inspection Report
Areas for improvement

The college should address:

  • on-course retention for 16 to 18 year olds
  • accommodation in some areas
  • the use of teaching and learning observations to inform staff development.

2003 Full Inspection Report
What should be improved
  • pass rates at levels 1 and 2 for adults on part-time courses
  • systems for recording the achievement of adults
  • accommodation which inhibits teaching and learning
  • specialist resources for some curriculum areas
  • teaching and pass rates in key skills
  • quality assurance arrangements.

Report Recommendations