National representatives attend College’s Further Education best practice conference

Sharing of knowledge key in securing quality of education across the country.

Truro and Penwith College, rated nationally as a sector leader in Further Education, has hosted educators from across the country who were keen to gain ‘outstanding’ insights and explore best practice. 

After becoming the first college nationally to be judged as “Outstanding” by Ofsted under the new tougher inspection framework, Truro and Penwith College held a day-long conference in June for representatives from colleges across England.

Popular sessions focused on curriculum design, effective approaches to teaching and learning and assessment, employability, and leadership and management.

Attendees also benefited from sessions on pastoral support, delivering outstanding education for High Needs students, and how best to support post-16 students in gaining GCSEs in English and mathematics.

Truro and Penwith College Principal David Walrond said the day had proved very successful.

“It was fantastic to be able to join with our colleagues from across the whole country in a cooperative spirit to discuss the best ways to create an optimal learning environment and the highest achievement for students,” he said.

“Following our ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted, there is a certain obligation on us to share our knowledge and disseminate best practice in post-16 education and training, but the reality of the event was that it was often a collective exchange of ideas facilitated by a College equally committed to learning from others. It was genuinely a conference, not an extended lecture.”

Feedback from the event was very positive. A delegate from Yeovil College said the day “was very useful and has definitely provoked reflection as to what we do at Yeovil”.

A representative from Swindon College said the conference provided “a great insight into the Ofsted judgement, a hugely informative day and greatly appreciated”.

“It is easy to see why the judgement from Ofsted was Outstanding as the learner truly is at the heart of the college and this culture shines through,” she added.

This is just one of a number of activities the college has undertaken since the ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted Inspection to support the post-16 education sector. David Walrond recently delivered a key note address on the systems, structures, approaches and organisational culture that underpin outstanding teaching, learning and assessment at the college at a joint Association of Colleges/Ofsted National Conference in Birmingham.