City College receives praise during Ofsted inspection
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Ofsted has praised City College Norwich for its 'outstanding' provision for people with learning difficulties.
The Ipswich Road college, which caters for 6,880 students, was rated 'good' in seven out of eight areas of teaching following an inspection last month.
But it received its highest rating for its work with 218 students who have complex needs.
Inspectors, who visited the college between February 7 and 10, said there was an 'exceptionally' broad range of courses available to those with learning difficulties.
The report, which was published today, rated the college as 'good' overall.
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But it noted that in a minority of lessons, teachers did not check learners' understanding sufficiently before moving onto the next task.
It also said the college needed to ensure more students achieved high grades in GCSE English and mathematics qualifications.
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The report said: 'Teaching, learning and assessment are effective in enabling the large majority of learners to make good progress, achieve their qualifications and realise their ambitions.
'Almost all learners and apprentices demonstrate high levels of self-confidence and are motivated to learn. They are proud of their work and achievements and understand how to stay safe while using social media platforms.
'Learners and apprentices say that they feel safe and are safe while attending the college.'
Inspectors said a large majority of students improved their chances of gaining employment through the college, adding they developed skills specific to industries they aspired to work in.
Apprenticeships account for almost one fifth of the college's students, and inspectors praised it for ensuring apprenticeship provision met the needs of employers.
In order to improve its rating, the report said the college needed to ensure all teachers taught theory effectively to enable students to grasp fundamental concepts.
Inspectors said staff should also effectively promote adult learners' and apprentices' understand of British values and radicalisation. It is the second inspection running that the college has been rated 'good' and its high needs provision rated as 'outstanding'.
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What the college had to say
Corrienne Peasgood, principal at City College Norwich, welcomed the latest Ofsted report.
She said: 'Whether it is moving on to employment, an apprenticeship, a promotion, higher education, or independent living, our key focus is on students' destinations after college.
'This report recognises the many ways in which our expert teaching staff, and industry-standard facilities, are helping our students to realise their career aspirations.
'The standards we set for ourselves are very high and we recognise that there is always more we can do to improve.
'If employers in Norfolk or Suffolk are reading this and thinking 'college leavers need more of x or y to be better prepared for work', then I'd urge them to get in touch and work with us to be part of the solution.'
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