Totton College is part of Nacro, a social justice charity.
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We are delighted to announce that Nacro Education, including Totton College, has been graded as an Ofsted Good Provider following an inspection in March 2019. Our staff are committed to supporting the learning and development of everyone who comes to Totton and we are very proud that this hard work and commitment, as well as the achievements of our learners, has been recognised by Ofsted.
The report praised the dedication of our staff, saying:
“Leaders, managers and staff hold high ambitions for learners that help them make good progress, achieve well and take positive next steps in their education and employment.”
“Teachers guide learners skilfully to make important small steps in their learning. This gives learners the confidence and belief that they can achieve.”
Inspectors also highlighted the achievements and behaviours of learners:
“Learners grow in confidence and develop their personal and social skills rapidly. They behave well and treat each other with respect.”
Teaching, learning and assessment, and progress of learners was ‘Good’ for all groups of learners and our outcomes on achievement, retention and attendance have improved over the last two years. Safeguarding has excellent oversight, and partnerships and work experience have significantly improved to enable learners to progress.
In relation to our contribution to the Government’s Prevent strategy and how we implement this in our duty to safeguard young people, Ofsted found that ‘Senior leaders have met their obligations under the ‘Prevent’ duty effectively. Managers have developed good working relationships with relevant agencies and use these well to protect learners from those who promote extreme ideological views.’
They identified that ‘Managers and staff have ensured that apprentices and learners have an effective understanding of British values and the potential risks associated with those who may hold extreme views.’
Extremism, radicalisation and safety
With regard to our learners understanding of extremism, radicalisation and safety they found that ‘All learners have a practical understanding of how to stay safe from radicalisation and what to do if they are concerned about the risk of extremism’. ‘Learners and apprentices feel safe and know what actions to take to keep themselves safe’.
Also that ‘They are very clear about to whom they should take any concerns they may have should they feel vulnerable or threatened.’ They also found that ‘Managers and staff have a very good overview of the wide-ranging personal and social challenges to their well-being that most learners experience. Managers coordinate the work of external agencies and other staff very effectively to provide rapid and sustained help to learners.
Investors in People
Nacro’s operational services have been IIP accredited since 2000 and received IIP Silver accreditation in 2017. The award is a testament to Nacro’s:
- clear strategy and commitment to continue investing in training and employee engagement activities
- hard working managers across the organisation who ensure effective communication, engagement, performance management and development for teams and individuals
- culture of working together towards our vision and mission, living the organisational values and uniting with a shared purpose of improving the lives of our learners and service users
- ability to respond to change, especially following the merger between Nacro and Totton College which saw the college becoming an important part of Nacro, with colleagues working together with the same high standards and approach across the board.