Teesside college with 'underdeveloped' curriculum told to improve by Ofsted

Keys Tees Valley College, in Middlesbrough, has been rated as 'Requires Improvement'
Keys Tees Valley College, in Middlesbrough, has been rated as 'Requires Improvement' -Credit:Google

A college on Teesside has been told to improve after concerns its curriculum is "underdeveloped".

Keys Tees Valley College, in Middlesbrough, was visited by Ofsted inspectors in March and rated as 'Requires Improvement' due to its quality of education. Despite inspectors praising the college for its "welcoming and happy" atmosphere they branded its wider curriculum "underdeveloped."

According to the report, certain subjects are not covered adequately enough - however, the college is reportedly addressing this issue. The report states: "The school prioritises subjects such as English, mathematics, science and citizenship. The school uses these subjects to broaden pupils’ understanding of their world. For example, pupils learn about aspects of history through the texts they study in English. However, some subjects in the wider curriculum, such as geography and art and design, are not covered in as much detail as they need to be. The school is taking steps to address this issue. This aspect of curriculum improvement is at a nearly stage."

Despite the overall rating, the college received 'good' in other areas. It received the following ratings:

  • The quality of education - Requires Improvement

  • Behaviour and attitudes - Good

  • Personal development - Good

  • Leadership and management - Good

Inspectors praised its "happy and welcoming" atmosphere, saying: "The school is a safe and happy place to be. Pupils benefit from a high degree of support from adults. Teaching groups are small. Pupils trust staff to go the ‘extra mile’ to help them. In subjects such as English and mathematics pupils can study for a wide range of qualifications. These include entry-level certificates, GCSEs and functional skills awards. The school ensures that pupils become independent readers. However, some subjects in the school’s wider curriculum are underdeveloped at present."

Teesside Live contacted the college for comment.