Annual student review returns best ever satisfaction results for Truro and Penwith College

By Chris Gill in Education

A REVIEW of Further Education students at Truro and Penwith College, recognised as one of the country’s top colleges, has found that satisfaction rates with the quality of teaching, learning and assessment are some of the highest ever recorded.

The results of the annual student course reviews at Truro and Penwith College have shown that surveyed students ‘strongly agree’ that the College’s teaching, support and guidance is being positively provided.

In total, 10,800 subject specific responses were received for 2017 with extremely high levels of satisfaction rates reported across a range of survey questions. In response, students strongly agreed that they are ‘treated in a fair and unbiased way’, ‘homework helps build on what’s learnt in class’ and ‘lecturers provide prompt and regular feedback.’

Data from the course review process is analysed by the College’s senior management team each year to help inform future teaching and learning and learner support developments at the College.

The College’s Director of Studies, Cheryl Mewton, said she was delighted to see that the latest student surveys showed such strong endorsement of high levels of teaching and support at the College.

College Principal David Walrond added: “It is very encouraging that our students’ views confirm so powerfully the recent external Ofsted judgements, both about the excellent teaching here and the high levels of individual support. The quality of students’ final outcomes, the results they achieve, and their progression into work or higher study, are all rooted firmly in what happens class by class, week in week out. It is our constant focus on that as a College, and the high expectations we have of each other here that underpins these strong student satisfaction ratings.”

All full-time students complete a course review for each of their courses and rate 15 statements related to teaching, learning and assessment.

Students also provide feedback on the support they receive from their personal tutors and the student support teams in the College. Extremely high ratings were given by students regarding the following statements: ‘your personal tutor is approachable’, ‘you receive regular and accurate information’, ‘you have received help and information on careers and higher education’ and ‘there are helpful additional materials for you to use outside class to improve your skills and knowledge.’

Cheryl Mewton commented that it is very clear from their feedback that students feel they are well prepared for their next steps in education, employment or training.

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