Ofsted tell Sir Charles Kao UTC told it must improve

Education: Secondary / Mon 12th Jun 2017 at 01:37pm

THE Sir Charles Kao University Technical College (UTC) has been told by government inspectors Ofsted that it “requires improvement”.

Ofsted inspected the college in April and published the report on June 8th.

Amongst the criticisms are:

Leaders have not done enough to ensure that teaching, learning and assessment are good across all subjects. Therefore, students’ progress is inconsistent.

Teachers do not consistently plan learning that precisely meets the needs of students, particularly those who are least able.

In lessons, some teachers do not always check that students understand the work, meaning that some students do not make the progress of which they are capable.

Teachers have not developed students’ basic literacy or numeracy skills sufficiently well. This hinders students’ progress in other subjects.

Leaders have not acted quickly enough to prevent outcomes being too low and below the government floor standards in 2016.

Some teachers do not have high enough expectations of what students can achieve, and do not manage their behaviour consistently well.

Consequently, some students disrupt the learning of others.

Overall attendance is too low and persistent absence of some groups is high in key stage 4. Recent actions to improve attendance have not had time to have an impact.

Among the positive comments were:

The good progress students make in their vocational learning in the sixth form is not matched in a range of other academic subjects.

The principal, well supported by governors, has worked hard to secure the long-term future of the school.

Senior leaders have successfully established a new school in a short space of time.

The principal and senior staff have a realistic view of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. Their self-evaluation is candid and accurate.

Students’ conduct and attitudes to learning in the sixth form are universally positive.

Teaching, learning and assessment in the vocational subjects, some areas of science and geography are a strength of the school.

All Year 13 students progressed to meaningful destinations at the end of the last academic year, due to the opportunities provided and the support from staff, governors and sponsors.

Students enjoy coming to school. They feel safe, well cared for and valued.

Safeguarding is effective.

Responding to the report, Principal Michael McKeaveney said: “While this judgement is disappointing, what it highlights is that we are making a clear difference to the young people who have joined us. From a strong careers programme to the meaningful destinations of our Year 13 leavers, we are clearly preparing students for life in modern Britain.

As the report identifies, we have had some challenges and are already making changes to secure a more positive judgement in future and we look forward to the positive results in their next visit.”

Chair of Governors Dr Paul Westlake said: “The OFSTED report contains many positive comments about the UTC but a number of areas where rapid improvement is required. The governors and leadership of the UTC are working hard to deliver such improvement.”

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