Ofsted report slams college over 'inadequate' provision

Hadlow acting principal defends college and says radical changes that have been implemented will ensure top marks at the next inspection

A land-based college has been labelled “inadequate” by an education watchdog. Ofsted’s report, published on 12 March, highlights findings of inspections made at Hadlow College, Tonbridge, between 3 and 7 November 2003. Inspectors found the overall quality of provision to be inadequate and judged leadership and management to be unsatisfactory. It did, however, recognise that significant changes had been made to improve this. Though most teaching was satisfactory across the curriculum, inspectors found that only 34 per cent of full-time staff hold a full teaching qualification. Horticulture and floristry curricula were found to be satisfactory —strengths included good teaching and effective assessment. However, while lesson plans are very detailed, with good emphasis on student activity and clear learning outcomes, inspectors felt that teacher management in some lessons was ineffective and good plans were not fully delivered. Acting principal Paul Hannan said: “When I took over 18 months ago, the college was in major trouble. To get it up to standard radical changes had to be made. These have been made but you can’t expect to get everything done in that time.”

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