‘Positive’ report on Moray College warns of low pass rate

An inspection report has praised Moray College UHI for its ‘purposeful and effective leadership’ – but warned that a lower than the national average pass rate required action.

Education Scotland carried out an external review of the Moray facility in November. In their report this week the highlighted a pass rate for students in full time education of 58% for 2012-13 – 6% below the national average.

Acting principal Anne Lindsay welcome a “generally positive” report that acknowledged high standards and good practice at the college, adding that the report reflected well on the “highly motivated and dedicated” staff.

However, she admitted the attainment rate was disappointing. She said: “It is a considerable disappointment to the college that our attainment rate detracts from what is otherwise a glowing report.

“We continually strive to improve the outcomes for our students by reviewing our curriculum and recognise the need to further review the design of some of our courses.”

Inspectors praised the college for its close relationship with both the local authority and local schools, while adding that the college maintained courses that were well planned and used a variety of teaching approaches.

The report also acknowledged that many students were taking part in voluntary and community events whilst attending the college.

Ms Lindsay said: “We are delighted with and appreciate of the very positive views expressed of the college by local employers, schools and other agencies during the review, which very much demonstrates the high standing that we enjoy within the communities we serve.”

The full inspection report can be viewed online at http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/inspectionandreview/reports/othersectors/collegereviews/MorayCollege.asp

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