Barking and Dagenham College

Name Barking and Dagenham College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 22 April 2013
Phone Number 01708770000
Type General Further Education and Tertiary
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Barking and Dagenham
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Summary of key findings for learners

This college is good because: Outstanding leadership and management have ensured that teaching, learning and assessment, and outcomes for students have improved and are good. The majority of students achieve their learning goals, enjoy their studies and make good progress. Governors, leaders and managers, through their ambitious vision for the college, have created an aspirational and safe environment; staff at all levels share and promote this demanding vision, leading to high expectations for all its students, staff and community. It provides outstanding support for all its students, particularly the vulnerable and those needing significant additional help. The majority of students develop excellent entrepreneurial and employability skills, such as team-working, communication, resilience, that improve their aspirations and build their self-confidence. Its curriculum and partnerships are very well planned, innovative and highly responsive to local and national priorities and meet the needs of a very wide range of its students most effectively. Highly effective quality assurance arrangements have led to clear and sustained improvements in teaching, learning and assessment. Not all curriculum areas are as good as the best in terms of students’ achievements and teaching, learning and assessment. Students’ skills in English and mathematics are not always developed well enough in lessons. In a small number of lessons teachers do not use appropriate questioning methods skilfully enough to check students’ learning effectively and develop their higher-level thinking skills. This is not yet an outstanding college because: Not all teachers sufficiently integrate understanding of equality and diversity specifically into lessons.