Bicton College praised by Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 16:55 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:25 10 June 2010

BICTON College is one of 17 learning establishments across the country praised by Ofsted inspectors for its good use of information technology, practical activities and pupils learning in realistic work environments.

BICTON College is one of 17 learning establishments across the country praised by Ofsted inspectors for its good use of information technology, practical activities and pupils learning in realistic work environments.

The government inspectors recently carried out a survey, taking a look at good practice in colleges in the areas of leisure, travel and tourism, as well as information and communications technology (ICT).

A sample of colleges where provision in these areas was rated good or outstanding at their last Ofsted inspection was chosen for the survey, in order to identify those factors common to successful teaching and positive outcomes for learners.

The main findings from the two latest good practice reports have now been released by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted).

The report found over half the colleges surveyed in the leisure, travel and tourism report gave learners the opportunity to practise in realistic working environments enabling them to develop their technical and practical skills.

Her Majesty's chief inspector, Christine Gilbert, said: "Giving students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, to practise and learn from those in business and industry is vitally important.

"It's encouraging to see such examples of good work and innovative teaching methods inspiring and motivating learners in colleges.

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