‘Significant Progress’ – Ofsted recognises step change at NCATI



24 March 2021

The National College for Advanced Transport & Infrastructure (NCATI) has been judged to be making ‘significant progress’, following a successful Ofsted monitoring inspection earlier this month.

The College, which is located in Birmingham and Doncaster, was recognised by the team of Her Majesty’s Inspectors, as making significant improvements in leadership and the quality of teaching and support for learners.

Interim Chief Executive, Sue Dare MBE, welcomed the report and said it reflects the hard work and determination of staff over the last year.

She said: “We are delighted that Ofsted has recognised the incredible effort by our staff to provide a quality education and experience to every single learner, especially with the unprecedented challenge of doing so in the last 12 months.”

“Managers and staff have worked tirelessly over the last 12 months to make rapid improvements, evidenced our most recent results which include 100% of apprentices passing their EPA, with 83% gaining higher grades.”

College judged to be making ‘significant progress’

NCATI was set up to meet the needs of the Rail and Transport Infrastructure industries. Following a public consultation over December 2020 and January 2021, the NCATI Corporation has now published its draft resolution to dissolve. By the end of April, the College intends to transfer to a new subsidiary company, wholly owned by the University of Birmingham.

Sue added: “As we prepare to transfer to the University of Birmingham, this recognition from Ofsted will help to ensure a seamless transition, giving students, apprentices, employers, staff and stakeholders renewed confidence in the courses. There is a bright future for NCATI which will benefit learners, apprentices and the industry, for years to come.”

Highlights from the report include:

  • “The appointment of an interim principal led to the streamlining of senior positions to provide clear lines of responsibility to help drive improvement. During the monitoring visit, learners and apprentices were able to describe the changes that have taken place at NCATI. They explained how these changes have significantly improved the quality of training and support they receive.”
  • “Managers and teachers have successfully implemented changes to teaching the curriculum following the move to remote teaching. Teachers have reordered teaching blocks to ensure that practical skills are taught at a time when it is safe to do so. They have been innovative in their approaches to teaching topics remotely.”
  • “Managers and teachers have significantly improved the assessment of learners’ and apprentices’ starting points.”
  • “Teachers and employers work together to plan carefully the apprenticeship programme.”
  • “Staff have provided learners and apprentices with the information they need to stay safe when working online and remotely. They quickly identify and act where there are areas of concern.”

The Ofsted visit took place on 3 and 4 March. The full report can be accessed here: Ofsted Progress Monitoring Report – NCATI.

For information on the planned collaboration with the University of Birmingham, read our statement and download our consultation outcomes here.