Grade four LeSoCo gets new Ofsted blow

A large London college has been criticised in a follow-up report on its inadequate Oftsed rating.

LeSoCo, a 17,000-learner college in South London, got grade four  by Ofsted in January.

A follow-up monitoring visit was carried out in March and the report has now been published.

The original inspection criticised teaching standards and said improvements were needed to tutorials with learners.

But inspectors on the follow-up visit found there was still insufficient monitering of sub-standard teaching and said: “Many learners testify to the strong support they currently receive from their personal and subject tutors, but too many tutorial sessions have low attendance.

“Learners’ progress in still not monitored with sufficient diligence.”

The quality of teaching, learning and assessment in foundation English and maths was also criticised in the original report.

But monitoring visit inspectors found “reasonable improvement” had been made in this area.

It said: “College staff place a high priority on supporting teachers in these subjects, particularly those who were not performing well.

“The number of permanent staff teaching English and maths has increased, further strengthening the capacity of the department to improve learning.”

No one from LeSoco was available for comment.