The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London is London’s top performing College for Success Rates 2012-13. Announced last week in a report released by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA - 16 April), the College leads the field throughout the whole of London with a Success Rate of more than 90%. This news came just as the College’s fantastic Ofsted report was published and at the same time as more than £1billion of public and private investment is being injected into Tottenham, where the College’s largest Centre is located.
There has been year on year improvement in the College’s performance since 2009 when it formed, the result of a merger between the former Enfield College and the College of North East London.
Topping the London league for Success Rates this year at 90.1%, the College’s Ofsted 2014 inspection report provides the detailed narrative as to why the College is just so impressive.
In recognition of the momentous drive and initiative needed to achieve such a dramatic improvement in a short time, Ofsted has rated the College’s Leadership and Management as ‘Outstanding’, 'Senior managers and governors provide exceptionally good leadership to raise standards and fulfil the college's strategic aims.'
Also singled out for unequivocal praise are the College’s Apprenticeships in Business and Accounting, similarly graded as ‘Outstanding’.
The College’s Ofsted 2014 report notes, “Strong links with a wide range of employers have been established and employers are very complimentary about their apprentices.”
All areas of the curriculum inspected were found to be good. Special mention was given to the College’s good teaching, learning and assessment; its learning and welfare support; the enjoyment learners gain from their lessons and that they feel listened to, valued and safe.
Ofsted 2014 writes, “Teachers plan activities carefully, aligning what learners learn in college with the skills they need in the workplace. Staff and learners have an excellent rapport, fostering an atmosphere of openness, mutual respect and trust.”
The College is central to the regeneration of Tottenham and is working in close partnership with key players to contribute to the skills development and employment opportunities for local people. A massive homebuilding programme is helping to fuel thousands of new jobs and major transport hub Tottenham Hale, with direct trains to Stansted and also part of London’s tube network is nearby.
The key role the College has played in strengthening the community was also commended by Ofsted in their 2014 report '...the College has played a key role in the regeneration of the local area.'
One example of the many positive outcomes starting up in Tottenham is the establishment of N17 an architectural design consultancy run by John McAslan and Partners (JMP). With the College, Haringey Council and JMP working together, three Apprenticeships were created in Visualisation, Marketing and Accounting.
Apprenticeships are essential to give local people the experience and training they need for employment. The College plays a critical role in this process by getting employers on board, developing the relevant Apprenticeship Frameworks and helping with the application process. As well as working with employers, the College offers a responsive apprenticeship vacancies service to would-be candidates.
“Teaching learning and assessment are outstanding, reflecting the excellent progress that apprentices make in developing their workplace and personal skills.”
The College works closely with Job Centre Plus to offer two-week skills’ training courses to unemployed people, leading in many cases directly to work. One learner, Steven Keen, found a full-time job in just over a month after completing the Warehousing and Forklift Truck Operations course. Steven said: “The course was great, and I feel that without the qualification that I gained from the College and this course, I would not have returned to full time employment as quickly as I did. The tutors were always encouraging and helpful and we had great facilities to learn on.”
The College’s Ofsted 2014 report notes, “The college’s successful partnerships with Jobcentres Plus results in the recruitment of very high numbers of learners who make good progress towards qualifications that enhance greatly their prospects of employment. Some of them also find work straight after their time at college.”
Jane O’Neill, Interim College Principal and Chief Executive said: “The high success rates, along with our 95% achievement rate, are the results of the great work done by all the staff at the College and could not have been announced at a better time. Everyone works tirelessly to ensure all learners get the support they need to achieve. This news confirms our leading position amongst London colleges and comes at the same time as our Ofsted report which heaped praise on the College’s good and outstanding provision.”
Ms O’Neill continued: “This double endorsement of our first-rate teaching and learning is further strengthened by the enormous investment we have made in our facilities. In Enfield we have injected more than £16million to create exceptional learner facilities for welfare and learning. As well as our Construction Centre offering state-of-the-art facilities, we will have a new Sports Centre and Library for September 2014. In Haringey, our Tottenham Centre is central to a £1billion private and public investment to regenerate the local area.”
There has never been a better time for the people of Haringey and Enfield to make us their college of first choice.
How the results are collected and worked out
1. The SFA is the government body that funds skills training in further education. Their April report lists the success rates for all UK colleges in 2012-13 and is calculated using wide-ranging and precise data. To view the full set of SFA statistical reports, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/sfa-national-success-rates-tables-2012-to-2013
2. Success Rates are worked out as percentages, based on how many qualifications are successfully completed, compared to how many college learners started. Success Rates are a very important measurement or performance indicator for each college in assessing how well they are doing. Rates are compared nationally to calculate a ‘benchmark’ rate which then shows if a particular College is performing less well or much better than similar ones.
Achievement Rates are a measure of those learners who stay until the end of their courses and achieve their qualifications.
All Age/All Lengths 12/13 - PA = 86.5% & NA 86%
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