First outstanding college named under new Ofsted framework.

‘A college in Cornwall has become the first to be rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted since the introduction of the Common Inspection Framework (CIF) in September.

The education watchdog’s report on Truro and Penwith College (TPC), published today, was full of praise for the college, rating it grade one ‘outstanding’ overall.

Ofsted returned the highest possible rating for six headline fields, including leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, outcomes for learners, and 16 to 19 study programmes.

It was the first outstanding Ofsted report for a college since the new CIF was launched seven months ago………..

This comes just a few days after FE Week published a full breakdown of all general FE college inspections since the CIF was launched in Edition 169.

It showed that of the 51 published inspections since September, 39 (76 per cent) were full, with three colleges losing their grade one and none of the remaining 48 gaining a grade one.

From the full inspections, there were 15 grade two, 15 grade three and nine grade four overall results.’ - FE Week

‘The new common inspection framework came into effect in September 2015. According to Ofsted, it was designed to bring together the inspection of different education, skills and early years settings to ensure greater comparability and consistency. Last month, the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Group Training Association became the first apprenticeship provider judged to be outstanding after one of the new short inspections for providers that had previously been rated good.’ - TES

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