NEW Ofsted good practice case studies published
30 January 2014
Barking & Dagenham College has been acknowledged as a provider of excellent practice in vocational education and learning within case studies compiled and published by Ofsted and the Education Training Foundation (ETF).
The case studies were gathered in response to a Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning (CAVTL) report, which highlighted the importance of ensuring a ‘clear line of sight to work,’ for students.
Barking & Dagenham College (BDC) has been praised for its' excellent practices in the following areas “Developing an Entrepreneurial Culture” and “Realism in motor vehicle and motorsport training.” The case studies are designed to be an important resource for other colleges, training providers and employers looking to embed innovative approaches within their delivery of vocational teaching and learning, and to improve outcomes for students.
The case studies illustrate how BDC students gain real work experience alongside their studies, giving them the work-ready advantage. Through the College’s talent-bank, students register their skills and expertise, which are then matched to employer briefs. Students respond to the client’s brief, pitch their ideas and, if successful, deliver the project.
The second case study explores how the College has taken advantage of its location in the heart of East London’s motor industry. Its specialist motor-vehicle and motorsport training centre (a former dealership/service centre), runs as a commercial garage which immerses students in a real work environment. Students work alongside apprentices to deliver a customer-focused service offering automotive maintenance and repair.
The case studies also highlight the College’s strong partnerships with industry. These business links bring a number of benefits: real work opportunities for students, employers have the opportunity to talent spot potential employees, and the curriculum keeps abreast of industry developments. Cathy Walsh, Principal and CEO of Barking & Dagenham College said:
“In these tough economic times, the only way to recovery is through education and training and we are delighted to have been recognised and selected as a College that provides best practice in these areas.”
The case studies were selected by a panel of experts, including members from the Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning (CAVTL), Ofsted, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and the Institute of Education, in London. Commenting on the work between Ofsted and the Education and Training Foundation, Matthew Coffey HMI, National Director of Learning and Skills for Ofsted said:
“I would encourage vocational teachers, trainers and leaders in all types of providers to take a look at the case studies and the practical resources they include, and to consider how they might adapt them to their own contexts.”
David Russell, Education & Training Foundation Chief Executive, said:
“Our role is to enhance the professionalism of the education and training workforce. Enabling colleagues to learn from each other’s practice is at the heart of our approach.
“We are delighted to be working with Ofsted, sector partners and the organisations showcased in this publication. Sharing widely great examples of excellent and innovative practice is a simple but effective way we will help the sector to improve outcomes for learners and employers.”