The efforts of staff in transforming Epping Forest College following a critical Ofsted inspection have been highlighted following a visit from the Education and Training Foundation. A report praises the contribution being made by staff and highlights the “huge amount of goodwill and energy” being given by staff to turn the situation around. The report adds a staged approach for improvement is required over the next two years with “a persistent focus on positive learner outcomes and commitment to the wellbeing of all staff”.

Principal Saboohi Famili, who has been in post for six months, is praised for having effected “immediate and effective change to address all areas of concern”. The Quality Improvement Plan and Financial Recovery Plan are detailed and appropriately challenging with Ms Famili, the College Leadership Team and Board determined and passionate about providing a quality learning environment for young people and employers.

The report adds that Ms Famili is inspiring staff and learners by driving change based on a ‘don’t walk by’ culture. Staff are being empowered to change things that are not working and are supported to take appropriate risks. Decisions are made based on assessment of risks and balancing the impact against a culture of innovation and high expectation.  Ms Famili provides her team with a clear outline for expected outcomes and enables staff to find the best way to deliver them. She also supports and encourages staff through coaching strategies and drives up the pace of improvement through leading by example, the report states.

The Education and Training Foundation also noted the college’s increasing engagement with stakeholders – learners, Union, staff, parents, funders, local and national government, employers and local enterprise partnerships. And the report notes the “considerable work” undertaken to improve the quality of teaching, learner tracking and financial transparency.

The college is now focusing on four niche areas for delivery – Health and Social Care, Construction, Sport, Creative Arts and Performing Arts.

College principal Saboohi Famili said: “We are delighted that expert views of our colleagues within the sector recognise the significant efforts that has been affected to influence the pace of change and result in the success of our learners. We remain determined and resolved on our no-nonsense yet supportive approach in addressing the shortcomings of our provision and work hard to ensure the successes that are observed and rightly attributed are consistently visible throughout our provision. The learners remain at the heart of everything that we do and Epping Forest College is proud to be able to prove the value that it adds to the communities that we serve.”

The next Epping Forest College Open Day is on Tuesday 16th May 2017.

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