that last year 70 per cent of 16-year-olds remained in full-time
education, mirroring national figures, but only four per cent
participated in work-based training, compared with nine per cent
- most teaching in the schools and sixth form college was good and a
large proportion was outstanding;
- many students in the sixth form college and three large sixth forms
perform in A levels well above the expectations generated by their
GCSE results. This is not the case in the smaller sixth forms;
- the choice of subjects in small sixth forms is limited;
-there is no collaboration between sixth forms to extend this choice;
- completion rates are mostly satisfactory in school sixth forms, but
low in colleges;
- students' results vary from above to well below national norms,
both in terms of pass rates and average point scores;
- teaching of key skills is a weakness in all sectors;
- learners with low levels of literacy and numeracy have little
access to work-based training at foundation level;
- good provision is made for special needs students.
The report also notes that 16 -19 education and training in
Wandsworth lack strategic direction and cohesive planning.
It says that plans for a new college in neighbouring Lambeth and
closure of GCE A level provision by the two general FE colleges in
Wandsworth make cross-borough planning, in conjunction with the
london central learning and skills council (LSC), an urgent priority.
Joint planning and collaboration should ensure access within
institutions to an appropriately broad curriculum for all young
people, especially those in small sixth forms.
Urgent action is needed to ensure sufficient high quality provision
is made to meet actual and potential demand.
Attention should also be paid to significant gaps in work-based
training provision across the borough. In planning, account should be
taken of local labour market information and employers' needs, the
Mike Tomlinson, chief inspector of schools, said:
'It is encouraging to see good teaching being done in Wandsworth, and the
good value in the larger sixth forms and sixth form college. A new
strategy is needed, to ensure all young people will have access to an
appropriate range of educational and training courses.'
1. The report on the 16-19 area-wide inspection of Wandsworth is
published on the OFSTED web site. Media Copies of the reports are
being sent to all the providers of post-16 education and training
in each area, as well as to a number of other organisations, such
as careers services.
2. From autumn 1999, OFSTED has led area-wide inspections of 16-19
education and training. Inspections have concentrated mainly,
although not exclusively, on areas where the challenge to raise
achievement and participation is particularly acute.
3. Inspectors make judgements on access, the standards achieved by
students,the curricula, the quality of teaching and learning, the
support and guidance for students, management, strategy and cost
4. OFSTED is a non-ministerial government department established
under the Education (Schools) Act 1992 to take responsibility for the
inspection of all schools in England. Its inspection role also
includes the inspection of local education authorities, teacher
training institutions, youth work and all 16-19 education. Since
September 2001 OFSTED has had responsibility for the regulation of
early years childcare, including childminders.