Childcare Rated Top Course

Childcare & Education students at Solihull Sixth Form College achieved the best grades in the country last year, it has been revealed.

The Department for Education School and Further Education performance tables for 2018-19 have recently been published and they show that our CACHE Childcare & Education Diploma students attained the highest outcomes in England on technical courses across the whole high performing sixth form sector. No student achieved lower than an A grade, with 89% of the cohort achieving the top A* grade.

Assistant Quality Lead and Childcare teacher Lianne Fleming commented:

“This course is successful because we ensure that students know how important attendance is. The ethos we operate is that we support and care for each other and students feel safe to make mistakes and have a go. All lessons are purposeful and we take a close interest in the placements that students undertake, encouraging them to share and use their experiences to underpin their knowledge. We preach inclusion, which ensures that every student has high aspirations and realises their worth.”

Former students agree; Lauren is one of the high achieving students from last summer and she started on an A level programme, before deciding to restart on the CACHE Childcare & Education course. She said:

“Switching to CACHE from A levels was the best decision I ever made. The only reason I had any success with this course was because of the amount of support available, not only learning within the group, but also the one-to-one opportunities with my teachers. The combination of written work, practical and placement meant we learnt such a range of skills and it prepared us for whatever we went on to do, whether it was university, work or an apprenticeship. All our confidence levels rose and we were valued.”

Fellow student Maddie added:

“Being a vocational course helped a lot, because I preferred not doing exams. I loved doing all the academic posters and the creative pieces of work and I liked the range of assessments the course included. Teachers wanted the best for us and pushed us to do well. We were constantly being challenged to think more deeply and we were supported to do this.”

Hafizah also points to teacher support for her success:

“The course was so well planned, as while doing the work there would still be time for it to be checked over and if more support was needed the teachers would make time for that too. Lessons were great and the discussions and activities really helped us to complete the unit assignments. The whole College experience ran smoothly and the good grades achieved were down to the support and guidance we received.”

28 February 2020