It’s a bumper Ofsted watch this week, with a total of 15 full FE and skills inspection reports published since our last round-up.

What’s more, over half of these inspections resulted in a grade two rating or higher.

These included HIT Training, which was rated ‘good’ across the board – holding onto the same overall rating it’s had since 2009 – in a report published April 13 and based on an inspection in March.

Inspectors praised the West Sussex-based national provider for its “strong leadership” and its “highly motivated” apprentices and learners, a “large proportion” of whom complete their qualifications.

And West Midlands-based engineering apprenticeship specialist In-Comm Training and Business Services Limited earned a rare ‘outstanding’ across the board in a glowing report published April 11.

Gravesend-based TDLC earned a grade two across the board in its first inspection, carried out in March and published April 12.

Learners, many of whom were unemployed, were found to be “highly motivated” and to “take pride in their learning”, with the result that they become “highly skilled” in bookkeeping and progress onto work following their courses.

London-based Big Creative Training boosted its previous ‘requires improvement’ rating to ‘good’ across the board, in a report published April 20 and based on an inspection in mid-March.

Staff and leaders at the provider, which specialises in study programmes for 16 to 19-year-olds, were commended for their ability to “successfully ignite young people’s enthusiasm for learning” – many of whom were “disadvantaged” or had “a poor experience” of education.

Also up from a grade three to a grade two across the board this week was Nottingham-based SR Education, in a report published April 20 and based on an inspection in mid-March.

Leaders at the apprenticeship provider were found to have “put a range of effective strategies in place to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment” with the result that a “high proportion” of adult apprentices achieved their qualifications.

Surrey-based MIT Skills Limited was rated ‘good’ across the board – holding onto its previous rating – in a report published April 12, and based on an inspection in March.

A “good proportion” of learners found jobs or moved onto further education after their courses, while leaders were praised for the “strong employer-focused approach” to provision.

Sheffield-based Open Door Adult Learning Centre was also given a grade two across the board, in a report published April 10 and based on an inspection in mid-March.

Staff at the adult and community learning provider were commended for supporting the “hardest to reach, isolated and most disadvantaged” to “engage in education”, while achievements were “now high”.

Employer provider Veolia Environment Development Centre Limited was also awarded ‘good’ across the board, up from its previous ‘requires improvement’, in a report published April 21 and based on an inspection in March.

“Ambitious” leaders and managers put “improving workforce skills” at the heart of the London-based company, while apprentices were “highly motived and enthusiastic” and “develop good technical and work-related skills”.

Berkshire College of Agriculture held onto its grade two rating in a report published April 20, based on an early-March inspection.

“Most students” benefit from “good teaching, learning and assessment”, and develop “very good practical skills”.

But the quality of apprenticeship provision – the only area not to have been given a grade two – was found to be “not improving rapidly enough”.

The Manchester College went down from ‘good’ to ‘requires improvement’ this week, in a report published April 21 and based on an inspection in early March.

Its apprenticeship provision was rated ‘inadequate’, while “too many” learners on study programmes did not make “rapid enough progress” and teachers took “insufficient account of learners’ individual starting points”.

Also dropping from a grade two to a grade three this week were Richard Taunton Sixth Form College, and independent training providers Francesco Group (Holdings) Ltd, and YH Training Services Ltd.

Independent providers DV8 Training (Brighton) Limited and ProCo NW Limited held on to their grade three ratings this week, while two providers – Sunderland Engineering Training Association Limited and Halton Borough Council – retained their ‘good’ grades following short inspections.

Finally, a monitoring report for Tresham College of Further and Higher Education – its second since its inadequate report published last August – was published on April 18.


GFE CollegesInspectedPublishedGradePrevious grade
The Manchester College07/03/201721/04/201732
Berkshire College of Agriculture07/03/201720/04/201722
Tresham College09/03/201718/04/2017Monitoring


Sixth Form CollegesInspectedPublishedGradePrevious grade
Richard Taunton Sixth Form College07/03/201720/04/201732


Independent Learning ProvidersInspectedPublishedGradePrevious grade
Francesco Group (Holdings) Ltd28/03/201721/04/201732
Big Creative Training Ltd15/03/201720/04/201723
SR Education21/03/201720/04/201723
DV8 Training (Brighton) Ltd22/02/201720/04/201733
HIT Training Ltd07/03/201713/04/201722
ProCo NW Ltd06/03/201713/04/201733
TDLC Limited21/03/201712/04/20172
MIT Skills Ltd14/03/201712/04/201722
In-Comm Training and Business Services Ltd07/03/201711/04/201712
YH Training Services Ltd22/02/201711/04/201732


Adult and Community LearningInspectedPublishedGradePrevious grade
Open Door Adult Learning Centre14/03/201710/04/201723


Employer providersInspectedPublishedGradePrevious grade
Veolia Environment Development Centre Ltd20/03/201721/04/201723


Short inspections (remains grade 2)InspectedPublished
Sunderland Engineering Training Association Ltd21/03/201720/04/2017
Halton Borough Council15/03/201721/04/2017

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