TyneMet College 'Raises Aspirations and Changes Lives', confirms OFSTED

The college, located in North Tyneside, was commended by Inspectors for the successful delivery of its mission statement to raise aspirations and change lives through learning in the local community.

The recent report demonstrates that Tyne Metropolitan College is amongst the best in the region with high academic standards. TyneMet was praised by OFSTED inspectors for a tireless focus on improving the student experience and motivating students and apprentices to succeed whilst delivering consistently good teaching, learning and assessment.

In a glowing OFSTED report, TyneMet received a ‘Good’ Grade 2 for Overall Effectiveness and also in the four key areas of; Effectiveness of Leadership and Management, Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare and Outcome for Learners.

Inspectors positively reported on how the College has firmly embedded its STEM strategy, particularly with employers, to become a leading provider in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the North East. TyneMet’s commitment to STEM supports key regional economic priorities by enabling businesses to meet their industry related objectives. 

As the first college in the North East to receive STEM Assured® status and recently re-accredited as an exemplar STEM Assured® college, TyneMet was widely applauded for the success of the College’s STEM provision.

Inspectors highlighted the College’s ongoing commitment and drive to promote ambition in the community by working effectively with local employers to deliver a curriculum that addresses regional

skills gaps and creates employment opportunities. Employers such as Northern Power Grid, Kier and Nestlé help to shape TyneMet’s STEM strategy through a shared vision in providing the very best skills and qualifications for the region, by creating a range of industry recognised courses.  

The report praised TyneMet’s Principal and Chief Executive, Jon Vincent, for his work with North East local enterprise partnership and neighbouring institutions to meet the evolving needs of employers and the local community.

TyneMet’s Principal and Chief Executive, Jon Vincent proudly comments: “This report is testament to the focused efforts of the team across the College to continuously improve and create an exceptional learning environment for all of our students. We have worked tirelessly to establish the College as a centre of excellence across all departments and to have particular recognition for our specialist and high quality STEM provision is a fantastic accolade.”

TyneMet’s forward- thinking approach was further recognised this year, when it became the first college in the North of England to be awarded the Investor in Innovations Standard, highlighting the College’s focus on collaborative technologies and sharing of best practice in addition to fostering a culture of learning provision.

The inspection report also found that support for students with high needs was particularly strong with students benefiting from high levels of skilled support, focused on increasing independence. 

The inspectors also commented favourably on the progression opportunities for students at the College with a large majority progressing into further study; employment or apprenticeships. 

Chair of Governors, Bill Midgley OBE, said: “The grade awarded by OFSTED highlights the high quality of learning offered by TyneMet to the community, helping support people to fulfil their ambitions and aspirations for the ‘next step’ whether that be continuing with education or securing employment. We want to give the local business community of this region access to an exceptional college experience which improves aspirations, provides better skills provision and opportunities and economic prospects for all.”

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