Buckinghamshire College Group was recently visited by Ofsted to understand how we were responding to the needs of our students during the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The team from Ofsted spoke to leaders, staff and students about the changes made and the impact on teaching and learning.

The College shared how they devised and executed plans to have a phased return to face-to-face teaching and learning following the lockdown in March 2020. Leaders detailed how they allocated students “to zone ‘bubbles’, enabling them to benefit from face-to-face learning with their peers safely”.

During the two day partially remote visit, “leaders described how the support from online teaching champions enabled teachers to make the rapid move to online learning” including “…how they have developed resources to check students’ participation and progress when working online”. The team from Ofsted spoke to current Buckinghamshire College Group students to find out how the changes at College had affected them. “Students and apprentices explained how they had enjoyed online learning and the progress that they had made with their studies. They explained the steps that staff had taken to help them feel confident when returning to college.”

Karen Mitchell, Principal/CEO, said “these have been difficult times, and everyone has worked so hard to make sure we are able to continue to provide safe and high quality learning. I’m really proud of all our staff who made that happen and our students who have responded really well to the changes in learning.”

You can read the full report from Ofsted here.

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