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Ofsted report highlights Ada's commitment to providing a high-quality education

Ada, the National College for Digital Skills, received a positive Ofsted report in March, which highlighted our commitment to providing a high-quality education for students looking to work in tech.

Ofsted offered significant praise for all aspects of the education provided to its students and apprentices, noting in particular the depth of our pastoral support, the varied nature of opportunities students have at Ada and the exemplary behaviour and attitudes of all our learners and our staff. Inspectors also praised the quality of Ada’s collaborative work with industry leaders, which includes work-based taster days and provides a network of experienced professionals to deliver high quality advice and guidance to students aspiring to a career in tech.

We are determined to support young people to develop the skills industry really needs, and to support students from underrepresented backgrounds into tech. Therefore, we are pleased this was also recognised by Ofsted.

Students and apprentices learn in an environment that is positive and supportive. Staff are respectful of the identities and individual differences of students and apprentices. For example, from the outset, they know which gender pronouns students and apprentices use. Students and apprentices benefit from the strong sense of community that staff work hard to create.


Leaders and managers actively engage employers in the design and teaching of their curriculum. High-profile companies contribute to the design of projects that apprentices complete at the start of their programme. For example, apprentices complete projects that involve collecting data and market insights for a holiday letting company. Representatives from a local higher education institution teach computing students about copyright law for computer games design. Consequently, students and apprentices learn skills that are industry-relevant and current.


Leaders and managers work collaboratively with a range of industry experts to design and teach a curriculum that reflects current and future business needs in the digital industry. Students particularly enjoy the industry-led projects they are set throughout their programmes. Students develop important industry-focused skills that prepare them well for the workplace.