Ofsted 2017

Dudley College is rated Outstanding by Ofsted

The Ofsted inspection report, published on 13th June 2017 finds Dudley College of Technology to be an 'outstanding' provider. In total the college received an 'outstanding' grade in seven of the eight key areas reviewed and a further 'good' in the eighth, culminating in an 'overall effectiveness' grade of 'outstanding'.

The report's main findings highlight high levels of student success, excellent teaching and support available to students and the positive impact the college's accommodation and resources have on learners. The summary of key findings included the following statements:

Summary of key findings

This is an outstanding provider

  • Governors, the principal and college leaders have established an ambitious vision for the college and its role in the region; the curriculum anticipates regional and national need, leading to highly appropriate training pathways for learners and apprentices.

  • Through extensive partnerships leaders create excellent opportunities for learners to progress into further learning and jobs in science, technology and engineering, which meets local and national need.

  • Teachers and assessors make excellent use of their extensive links with employers to plan and deliver interesting and challenging learning activities that prepare learners very effectively for the workplace.

  • Learners and apprentices of all ages are particularly well prepared for the next stage of their education or employment and almost all progress to further or higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.

  • Leaders, managers and staff have successfully created a culture of high expectations for all learners; as a result, learners have excellent attitudes, take pride in their work and achieve consistently well.

  • Learners and apprentices develop skills in English and mathematics exceptionally well, and achievement rates in these subjects are continuing to improve.

  • By participating in very well managed, highly individualised and effective learning programmes, learners and apprentices make significant progress compared to their starting points in achieving their qualification goals and in gaining very good professional, vocational and wider work-related skills.

  • Leaders and managers have successfully created a culture which encourages teachers to be professionally reflective, confident, enthusiastic and willing to take risks to bring the best out of learners.

  • Leaders and managers have invested in high-quality buildings and equipment that inspire learners and help them to develop excellent skills that prepare them well for employment.

  • Highly effective additional support enables the learners who need it to make excellent progress.

  • Teachers and assessors provide learners with detailed and incisive feedback and clear targets; learners use these very well to make substantial improvements to their work.

  • Provision for learners with high needs is good, but a few of their teachers in vocational subjects do not plan well enough to enable learners to make progress according to their potential.

Read the full Dudley College Ofsted report.