Students do own inspection of college ‘Insted’

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College students in Whitby have carried out their own Ofsted style inspection in a project that has been taken on board by other schools across the country.

The ‘Insted’ report has been compiled by the student leadership team at Caedmon College and is a review of the teaching and learning offered at the college from a pupil’s persepctive.

Emily Hansell, Andrew Sneap and Vicky Rahn looking over the "Instead Project" at Caedmon College. Picture Kathryn Bulmer.

Emily Hansell, Andrew Sneap and Vicky Rahn looking over the "Instead Project" at Caedmon College. Picture Kathryn Bulmer.

They came up with the idea last term, under the old Whitby Community College, after it was visited by Ofsted Inspectors.

Now their observations and recommendations are being put into practice at Caedmon College.

And, after presenting the Instead report to headteachers at a national conference run by ‘Whole Education’, the idea is set to be implemented at other schools and colleges.

Second year A-level student, Andrew Sneap said: “When the Ofsted report came out , we thought it was good but it wasn’t an accurate review because we are here all the time.”

Emily Hansell added: “We didn’t want it to be a criticism of lessons. We want to improve things and we weren’t saying this is bad but we were saying ‘this works well or this could work better.”

So were teachers worried about what was coming?

Prinipal Keith Prytherch added: “I am really pleased that we have students at Caedmon College that want to focus on teaching and learning and work with teachers.

“When I read the report, what I read was an immense sense of pride that students have in their school.

“They are focussing on the right things, not just talking about the price of food in the canteen.

“For me it is a natural progression of the work they have been doing over the last couple of years. The student leadership team has gone from strength to strength.”