CHICHESTER College has won an award during a ceremony coined the ‘Oscars of Further Education’.
The college won an award for ‘Best Teaching and Learning Initiative’ at the national TES FE Awards Ceremony in London on Friday (February 27).
Principal Shelagh Legrave said it came at a particularly good time as the college is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
She said: “I am so proud as Principal of Chichester College to have received this award from TES.
“In what has already been an exceptional year for the College it is a true testament to the fantastic staff of the College and a ringing endorsement of their commitment to provide exceptional support to our students in all areas.
“To be recognised by TES is the icing on the cake for what has been an extraordinary year.”
It was the first year that the college entered the awards and they were shortlisted in four categories: Teacher of the Year, Contribution to the Local Economy, Best Teaching and Learning initiative and College of the Year
It beat five other colleges from around the UK to win the ‘Best Teaching and Learning Initiative’ award.
“We were disappointed not to win them all but nevertheless absolutely delighted to be recognised nationally for the best teaching and learning initiative,” Mrs Legrave said.
The college’s strategy for improving the quality of the learning experience was launched in 2011.
It aimed to ensure consistency of grading and focused on observation as a development opportunity.
Teachers began non-graded lesson observations which meant the were able to meet with observers beforehand to discuss areas they were keen to develop or strategies they wanted feedback on.
The extra support meant they felt free to innovate.
In the end-of-year staff survey, 89 per cent of staff agreed that they could take risks, compare to a national average of 53 per cent.
The students have also benefited, with 95 per cent stating that teaching is ‘good’.
Ofsted has graded the college as ‘Outstanding’ overall.
Judges described its approach as ‘exciting’ and ‘heartening’.