Ofsted 2018 Policy

Ofsted Inspection Report

East Durham College is proud to be Graded as GOOD by Ofsted.

The college was last inspected in January 2018, when Ofsted inspectors carried out a short inspection after a full inspection in February 2014.

Suzanne Duncan, Principal and Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted with the outcome of our recent inspection and that the report has highlighted many of our strengths.

“It was extremely pleasing to read that the report confirmed that learners on our 16 to 19 study programmes develop good practical skills through relevant work-related learning tasks and work experience appropriate to their career aspirations; that teachers use their skills well to help learners progress and have high expectations and challenge learners to make good progress.

“We were also extremely pleased that the report highlighted that we work particularly well with employers, the local enterprise partnership and other partners to ensure that our provision is responsive to local and regional priorities and demands; as a result, almost all of our learners progress to further study, higher education, apprenticeships or meaningful and sustainable employment.

“On behalf of myself and the governors, I would like to thank all our wonderful staff for their hard work throughout the year which ensures that our students have a high quality learning experience at all times.

“We look forward to continuing to improve the college and enhancing the positive difference we can make to the lives and futures of our wonderful students.”

The inspectors’ judgement confirmed that ‘governors, senior leaders, managers and staff have sustained the good quality of education and training at the college that was seen at the previous inspection’ and praised the college, stating that it had ‘strengthened further the attention on improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.

The report highlighted several highly positive aspects of the experience students receive at the college. The report stated that ‘learners benefit from excellent practical resources at the college’ and ‘the substantial investment in physical resources has a positive impact on enabling learners to gain the skills that employers value and need.’

It went on to say that ‘learners behave very well at college and demonstrate high levels of respect for each other and college staff.’

And the report added students ‘develop their confidence, self-esteem and social skills well. They enjoy their learning experience and develop good employability skills and enhance their future opportunities’.

The January 2018 Inspection Report

To see the full report, please click on the document below:

Ofsted Report 2018 >>

The February 2014 Inspection Report

To see the full report, please click on the document below:

Ofsted Report 2014 >>

Or visit the East Durham College page on the Ofsted website: