Estyn inspection reflects the change in nature of college provision


As post-16 education changes and improves, colleges remain committed to teaching and learning excellence in communities around Wales. Responding to the calls for change from the sector, Estyn this year will introduce a new way of inspecting colleges that they feel is fair and flexible.


The new model focussing on five inspection areas with one judgement for each area is more tailored to colleges who provide a wide range of provision. The focus on the following aspects of learning, standards, wellbeing and attitudes to learning, teaching and learning experiences, care, support and guidance and leadership and management will all be monitored and assessed.


ColegauCymru welcomes the development and is supportive of an inspection system that focusses on action to support improvement for the benefit of learner satisfaction and access to lifelong learning opportunities.


Iestyn Davies, Chief Executive of ColegauCymru the post-compulsory charity said ‘colleges strive to be the best they can and are committed to exceeding standards for the benefit of the learner.  As education changes and evolves, so too must the inspection method.”


He continued “We are confident that by listening and engaging the sector in the piloting of the new inspection framework, that colleges will continue to achieve the excellent grading from Estyn.”

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