Top ratings for 'sector leading' college

16th May 2008 at 01:00
West Lothian College is either "very good" or "good", the inspectorate has reported
West Lothian College is either "very good" or "good", the inspectorate has reported.

In what it believes is a "glowing review", the college received the top rating of "very good" for six out of the seven categories on which it was judged, including educational leadership and direction; quality improvement got a score of "good".

In the seven subject areas of the inspection, which separately scrutinises the learning process and student achievement, HMIE reached a similar mix of "very good" and "good" verdicts - five of the former and nine of the latter.

Overall, the inspectors concluded they were "confident" the college had effective learning and teaching processes in place, learners were progressing well and it was well managed.

The report singled out two initiatives by the colleges which were "sector leading": a website called "Mind Your Heid", to help people access information on mental health support more easily, and an online package to allow employees to undertake training in their own workplace.

"We have been going from strength to strength in recent years," Mhairi Laughlin, the college's new principal, said.

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