The Managing Director and other senior managers are very well qualified and experienced and have a clear vision for what they want to achieve. They are supported very effectively by tutors and student mentors who are very committed to the aims and ethos of the programme and are invaluable in caring for and supporting the participants. All the staff are passionate about carrying out their responsibilities to the highest possible standards.
Course delivery is very well matched to the academic and personal needs of the participants. Staff know the participants very well and are able to support them on an individual basis. Learning outcomes are very relevant and are met in an enjoyable and fun way.
Teaching staff are uniquely qualified to support the participants as they have the experience, not only of the subject but also of the university. Participants were very enthusiastic about how much they had learned. Inspections findings confirmed that trainers have very good pedagogic and communication skills and are able to deliver course content very effectively.
Trainers respond very well to the differing learning needs of participants and use a variety of styles to encourage critical thinking and develop the participants’ skills. Lesson plans show differentiated activities and extension tasks and participants’ ages, language ability and individual interests are taken into account very well.
Participants are matched with student-mentors with experience of their desired subject area. As a result, they have the opportunity to ask questions, and explore ideas and options, which enables them to make informed decisions and prepares them for applying to university.
A wide variety of interactive fun activities ensures enthusiastic participation and promotes the development of participants’ thinking and problem-solving skills. Their understanding and skill development are monitored very well by trainers and student-mentors and detailed records are kept of participants’ progress.
International participants have constant access to information, advice and guidance from managers, tutors, mentors and group leaders, and this includes access to speakers of their first language. Cultural and religious factors are taken into account well and provision is made for participants’ needs, for example, for special food or prayer rooms as appropriate. The mix of international and British participants is particularly valuable in promoting inter-cultural understanding.
All participants receive constructive individual feedback, orally and in writing. An evaluation form is filled in every day for every participant which feeds into a final report which gives numerical scores as well as evaluative comments. As a result, the participants know what they do well and what they need to do to improve and the final summative reports are received by their parents. Students confirm they find the evaluation process very valuable and have a clear understanding of what they need to do to achieve their goals.