Kilmarnock College has delivered “considerable improvements” in both its learning procedures and cross-college performance in the past two years, according to today’s report (May 16) by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIE).
The report acknowledges the recent work undertaken by the revamped Board of Management and the Acting Principal Dr Gordon Jenkins and singles out the College for praise as a sector-leader and innovator in areas of ‘Learning and Teaching’, ‘Learner Progress and Outcomes’ and ‘Access and Inclusion’.
These included a Motivation Day organised by the Care Section, a Democratic Participation Initiative to increase awareness of the electoral process and The Leadership Academy, a joint project with East Ayrshire Council to engage 14-16 year-olds in week-long development programmes.
The latest HMIE report also lifts a no confidence statement made by the HMIE after their previous review in 2006.Dr Gordon Jenkins, Acting Principal said: “We are delighted that the HMIE report reinforces the message that Kilmarnock College, both through its own initiative and through the help we have received from the Scottish Funding Council and Further Education Development Directorate, has made giant strides to improve performance in a number of key areas, including management structure, curriculum planning and the teaching process.
“I am especially pleased that the College has been singled out for praise as a sector leader and provider of innovative programmes in a number of subject and cross-college areas and we are determined to continue to make progress towards becoming one of the leading further education colleges in Scotland.
”While the HMIE report has indicated shortcomings on a number of issues, Dr Jenkins, while fully accepting the report’s conclusions, believes that the College Board and Management Team had started to address many of these prior to the HMIE inspection in January this year.
The initiatives he outlined include: