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OFSTED 2014

Date: 7th May 2014

Students are highly effective as ambassadors for people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Conduct during their regular interaction with members of the public in community venues is exemplary.

Achievement rates for learners are good.

Learners’ personal confidence is developed well through good use of commercial enterprises, regular visits to community venues and planned activities in residential settings. Learners also improve their ability to travel independently. One learner spoken to during inspection has built up his confidence and understanding sufficiently to be able to cross the road without assistance.
Another learner is able to travel to local shops on a dark evening for the first time with staff following at a distance.

Independent living skills are developed well and help prepare learners to progress to supported living in the community.

The college’s speech and language therapist works well with the teaching staff to ensure communication is a high priority within the curriculum. Specific communication targets and clear communication strategies, along with the use of signing and symbols where needed, lead to all staff having a good understanding of how best to promote effective communication. Good links
to parents and carers ensure communication strategies are shared well with the home environment to consolidate learning.

Much of the curriculum takes place in real life environments such as shops, leisure centres, cafes, banks and the post office and enables learners to interact well with members of the public and to cope with a variety of different settings.

Staff provide for individual needs well and develop a unique programme of learning for each learner. They manage learners’ behaviour well and use sensitive techniques to diffuse potentially difficult situations.

The curriculum is very well matched to the needs of learners. Each learner has an individualised timetable, which includes lessons in the college, sessions in college-run enterprises that are used by the general public, and extensive learning in real-life situations out in the community.

The college responds swiftly to the individual needs of learners; one parent spoke of the introduction of music therapy to help his son.

A culture of respect and tolerance permeates the college.

Homefield College
217 Loughborough Road
Mountsorrel
Loughborough
LE12 7AR
Tel: 01509 814827 / 815696
(Office hours only)
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