Ofsted’s ‘Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills’ report for 2012-13 has awarded Ravensbourne as ‘Good’.
Ofsted report directly to Parliament and they are independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.*
Highlighted in the report was Ravensbourne’s dedication to investing significantly in technology, ensuring the organisation stays at the forefront of creative digital technology.
Among other attributes noted in the report was students developing a mature understanding of equality and diversity themes, through practical and contextual work.
This provider is good because:
- Students make good progress on their courses and achieve well. Almost all students gain places on undergraduate courses, and often in prestigious, specialist universities.
- Students explore diverse, and often unfamiliar, media and techniques, with a strong emphasis on experimenting with different ways of working and thinking. Students on all pathways appreciate the value of life drawing and opportunities to acquire thorough training and high level skills in using industry-standard specialist software.
- Teaching, learning and assessment are good. Teachers plan practical sessions well to enable students to develop relevant skills and work independently. Regular individual support and feedback from tutors, and peer assessment through frequent group critiques, develop students’ practical and critical thinking skills well.
- Regular visits to galleries and current practitioners in design and media, and excellent links with the creative industries, ensure that students develop a clear understanding of progression routes through higher education to employment. Talks from industry specialists, many of whom are fonner Ravensbourne students, inspire and guide students in their choice of specialist pathway.
- Ravensbourne has invested significantly to ensure the organisation stays at the forefront of creative digital technology. Students benefit from very good access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, and teachers’ relevant, up-to-date industry practice. Students develop a mature understanding of equality and diversity themes, through practical and contextual work.