June / July

Since the last update in May, the College has had a scheduled Support and Challenge visit from Ofsted led by Andy Fitt, HMI. The visit took place on Wednesday, June 14th and comprised of joint lesson observations with two inspectors alongside middle and senior leaders. Additionally, they held a range of meetings with senior leaders and governors to discuss progress made against the key priorities Ofsted set out for the College in our inspection in January ‘17. Following the visit, we received a letter outlining their observations and summarising the actions we have taken and their judgements on the impact. The letter is available here.

During July we made a range of new appointments to boost the levels of experience and expertise in our teaching team. We appointed a new, experienced lead teacher for English and an experienced, teacher / manager to co-ordinate both Mathematics and English. We have also successfully appointed an experienced professional to a new, Lead Practitioner Teacher role which has been established to both teach and share best practice. Other experienced staff, have also been recruited, including a new teacher of Sport and Leisure. Additionally, a new induction programme has been planned for newly appointed teachers for roll out in August ’17.

In June and July, a round of lesson observations was carried out to support the continued development of our teaching team. These were follow-up observations to monitor the progress towards teachers’ individual improvement points as prioritised in the round of observations carried out in May.

New tools and processes have been developed to better capture planned learner outcomes and destinations. As part of this development, updated documentation has been designed to help capture and evidence this. New baseline tools have also been sourced to assist in the accurate capture of learners’ starting points and to allow for progress to be recorded relative to this.

The College has appointed a new improvement partner, with Gary Anderson joining us as an educational consultant with extensive experience in our sector. He has carried out his first improvement visit and will be returning in November ‘17. This work will help to support us in the progress we are making with our Post Inspection Action Plan objectives.

May 15th

The Post Inspection Action Plan (PIAP) has now been published and is being shared with all relevant stakeholders. The plan sets out a comprehensive range of actions that we are taking to meet the improvements which are required, as identified at our most recent College Ofsted visit. The plan was formally launched with staff on the College site on May 11th. The PIAP contains an introduction from our Chair of Governors, Len Parkyn and our CEO & Principal, Simon Charleton. A simple, one page summary has also been produced to provide an ‘at a glance’ overview of the improvements we are making. The PIAP will guide much of the work we do in the coming months and will be referred to in meetings, training workshops and staff supervision. A separate ‘live’ version will be updated regularly with the progress we are making towards our actions and will be used in forthcoming Support and Challenge visits from Ofsted.

The Post Inspection Action Plan summary can be viewed here.

The full Post Inspection Action Plan can be viewed here.

April 24th

Since the last update in March, progress has been made in relation to all 5 key areas highlighted in our Post Inspection Action Plan. A programme of learning walks and lesson observations has been carried out with development points shared with session leaders for implementation. A programme of enhanced training and support is currently being implemented to strengthen teaching, learning and assessment further. Additional training has been planned for May Inset day to include strengthening the approach to English and mathematics across the college and residential provision. Target setting and initial assessment procedures and tools have been reviewed and improved with updated guidance and training ready for implementation. Increased staffing capacity has been developed to support work experience which has enabled additional placements to be secured. Additionally, a major local partner has been identified to work with St John’s on developing a work experience placement programme with negotiations underway.

March 10th

The report was published on March 1st. The new CEO/Principal, who came into post after the Inspection was carried out, has acted swiftly to address the issues identified. The College has responded vigorously already to the actions that we have to take to improve further. Considerable work has already been done to produce a detailed Post-Inspection Action Plan (PIAP) which is available to commissioners. Staffing changes have been implemented to improve teaching and learning. Governor monitoring has been stepped up. Data tracking systems have been improved. There is a clearer focus now on functional literacy and numeracy and new work experience placements have been found.

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