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Ofsted watch: UTC jumps from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’

A university technical college was celebrating this week after it climbed its way up from ‘inadequ..

Ofsted watch: UTC jumps from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’

A university technical college was celebrating this week after it climbed its way up from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’, while six other providers also secured grade two ratings.

But the week wasn’t without its lows, as one provider dropped to ‘inadequate’, three received ‘insufficient’ ratings in early monitoring reports, and another fell from grade one to three.

Bolton UTC, which was given a grade four in October 2017, was lauded by inspectors this week after its acting principal and senior leadership team oversaw “rapid improvements in every aspect” of the 14 to 19 college, at the same time as developing an “inclusive and supportive community”.

Inspectors found the quality of teaching and learning at the now grade two UTC has improved since their last visit, leading to students, including those with special education needs or disabilities, making good progress.

Elsewhere, St Mary’s College, a Catholic sixth form college in Blackburn, saw its rating improve from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’.

Inspectors found that governors, leaders, managers and staff have created an “aspirational culture” and now provide a “high-quality education which supports students to fulfil their potential”.

Ofsted also upped Brighter Futures Merseyside’s grade from three to two this week.

Inspectors reported that tutors at the private provider have “very good subject knowledge” and direct experience of the sectors in which they teach, and learners benefit from “high-quality” resources and sector-specific digital technologies that they will encounter in future employment.

LIPA Sixth Form College was awarded ‘outstanding’ across the board in its first-ever full inspection. The Liverpool-based free school for 16-18 year olds was found to have created a culture in which staff have “very high expectations”, with students aspiring to reach “exceptionally high standards” in their written work and practical skills.

Inspectors also said students benefit from “consistently high-quality teaching from dedicated, inspirational and experienced tutors” and a “well planned” project-based study programme.

The London College of Beauty Therapy also received a grade two, going up from a three. The report said lecturers and assessors plan learning well, and engage learners to that they make good progress and achieve their potential.

It was also a good week to Envisage and Debut Training Academy, which were both given grade twos in their very first full inspection report.