Poor management earns lowest mark

18th July 1997 at 01:00
A looser form of inspection for successful colleges is on offer, reports Ian Nash, while Ben Russell finds no shortage of lacklustre

Management at a Yorkshire college has been given bottom marks by a team of inspectors. A report on Airedale and Wharfedale College gives the college grade five - the lowest possible - for its governance and managers, and a damning grade four for quality control.

The college faces a financial crisis because of mistakes ins its budget two years ago and its subsequent failure to hit targets.

The report said: "The college was unable to provide the inspectors with reliable or up-to-date information on the courses which were running, the number of students, or the number of part-time staff."

Managers were heavily criticised for the poor quality of their information-gathering. But inspectors did note that financial planning had improved in recent months.

Chief inspector of colleges, Jim Donaldson, said: "The inspection report highlights a number of strengths, including the college's effective working relations with several external organisations and the standard of teaching and learning in some curriculum areas. However, the college should address major weaknesses such as ineffective systems for management information and quality assurance."

Martin Millgate, who resigned as chairman of the governors to become the college's principal, acknowledged the criticisms but said action was being taken.

The college is seeking suitors for a possible merger; six institutions have expressed interest in a link-up.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today