Ofsted reports “exceptional progress” and “outstanding support services” at RNC

A group of students and staff are gathered outside halls of residence

‘Students make very good progress in developing the confidence and skills they need to become more independent as learners and to prepare for the world of work’ according to the Ofsted report released earlier this week on The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) in Hereford.


Ofsted inspectors visited the leading specialist College for people with a visual impairment last month and reported “outstanding” support for students, something which was also noted as a key strength at the last inspection.


Lessons were described as “lively and stimulating” with teachers “skilled at providing an accessible learning environment so students with little or no sight can participate fully.”  The teaching of daily living, mobility and travel skills was found to be “exceptionally good”, contributing significantly to students’ independence.


Students value being able to make choices and decisions about their own work at RNC, having often been over-supported in other educational establishments.  Independent learning is “strongly encouraged” at the College, which helps students “gain confidence” and “feel more powerful” in their daily lives.


The College maintained its overall rating as “good” in all key areas including; overall effectiveness, outcomes for students, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and the effectiveness of leadership and management.


Principal Sheila Tallon commented “I am delighted to have received such a positive report from Ofsted which really reaffirms the importance of the work we do here.  Specialist provision is vital for those who need additional support in areas many of us take for granted and it is great to know we are continuing to get it right for our students.”


Article written by Anika Backhouse, PR, Publications & Outreach Officer at RNC


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