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Teaching Excellence: Inspection and Performance

Teaching Excellence

Our committed tutors provide an outstanding teaching and learning experience to ensure that every learner achieves their full potential.

"We believe that high quality teaching provided by industry experienced tutors alongside high levels of support is what makes our students satisfied. In fact, 89% of our students would recommend the college and their course to a friend."

- Research into the Perceptions of Bradford College carried out by the Responsive College Unit, April 2011


"Government Ofsted inspectors have highlighted good teaching and learning and our students sing their praises with 98% stating that the quality of teaching on their course is good."

- FE Student Perception of College Survey, December 2011

At Bradford College, our teaching standards are of the highest importance. Whatever the level or area of study, we aim to help our students achieve and progress.


"Good with outstanding features"


Ofsted is an independent body that reports to parliament. It inspects and regulates many of our services.

Our most recent full inspection was in 2014, and we were delighted to receive a report that highlighted aspects of outstanding leadership, good teaching and learning and outcomes for learners.

The report published on Wednesday 29 October 2014 highlighted:

  • Aspects of outstanding leadership are driving the strategies and ambitious vision to improve the college and transform teaching and learning for the benefit of all students.
  • The culture of mutual respect and consideration for others pervades all areas of the college and creates a good environment to support and encourage learning.
  • The College offers a range of courses and qualifications that are effective in meeting both local and national priorities and supports students to gain future employment.
  • A good number of students each year are achieving their main learning aim and in some areas the number of students who achieve their qualification is excellent; staff provide all students with a very strong focus on developing good social, personal and employability skills.
  • The good range of support and welfare services provided to all students to support them in accessing the college provision.
  • The outstanding safeguarding procedures protect all members of the college community.

Ofsted inspectors graded the areas of Health and Social Care and Early Years and Playwork as Grade 1 Outstanding. English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) was also judged by Ofsted to be Grade 1 Outstanding. 

Sport, Engineering, Foundation English, Foundation Mathematics and Business Administration (Apprenticeships) all achieved Grade 2 Good in the latest Ofsted report.

 “I am delighted with the findings of the Ofsted report. I have seen the hard work, effort and commitment that all staff have put in to improve Bradford College and this Ofsted report is testament to that.”

Kath Oldale, Bradford College Principal

“The Ofsted report paints a picture of a College that sets high standards and is relentless in pursing them. The successes we have achieved have been assisted by being part of a wider educational family, the Bradford College Group."

Andy Welsh, Group Chief Operating Officer

To see the full Bradford College Ofsted report, visit:

Initial Teacher Training Courses Excel in Ofsted Inspection

Government Ofsted inspectors visited Bradford College’s McMillan School of Teaching, Health and Care in March 2010 and carried out an inspection of inspection of Initial Teacher Education provision.  All elements of its Primary and Secondary provision were judged to be "Good" with an "Outstanding" grade for Primary Resources within Primary Teaching Training.

More recent inspections into its Employment Based route BNETT (2012) and a Focussed Monitoring Inspection into Phonics Teaching (2013) also received a judgement of "Good".

You can view our Initial Teacher Training and Employment Based route BNETT inspection reports on the Ofsted website.


The QAA Has Confidence in Bradford College

The QAA safeguards standards and improves the quality of UK higher education. We were delighted that the QAA's Integrated Quality and Enhancement Review (IQER), carried out in January 2010 concluded that they had "Confidence" (the highest judgement possible) in the quality of our Higher Education provision.