Fircroft College of Adult Education

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Fircroft College of Adult Education


Name Fircroft College of Adult Education
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 28 April 2014
Address 1018 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, West Midlands, B29 6LH
Phone Number 01214720116
Type General Further Education and Tertiary
Age Range 19-99
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Birmingham
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Summary of key findings for learners

This provider is good because: Success rates on all courses are high or very high. Learners develop excellent skills to prepare them for further study and for work. Progression is good for the large majority of learners. Teachers have very high expectations of what learners can do and achieve. Learners are highly motivated make positive changes to their lives through learning. Teachers, support workers and residential staff provide excellent care, guidance and support that help learners to achieve their goals. Teachers, especially on the access course, make particularly effective use of assignments and core study units to promote equalities, and to celebrate diversity and difference. Leaders and staff at all levels are highly committed to the college’s mission of promoting social justice is outstanding. Self-assessment is rigorous, inclusive and accurate. The college’s inclusive and supportive ethos for all learners, regardless of their previous background, creates a safe, diverse and inspirational learning environment. Not enough teaching and learning are yet outstanding. The college’s observation of teaching and learning process does not cover all aspects of the learner’s journey and observers do not routinely carry out developmental observations to help teachers improve. On short courses, teachers do not always ensure that learning aims are specific to individual learners when planning learning. On the access course, teachers do not always plan learning sufficiently to challenge more able learners. Outcomes for learners aged 19 to 25 on the access course are not as high as those for more mature learners. Arrangements for providing written feedback to learners on short courses do not fully meet their needs. This is not yet an outstanding provider because: