ebs – The perfect fit for ‘Outstanding’ Derwen College

Derwen College is a vibrant and pioneering college committed to promoting through personalised learning, the vocational, educational, personal and social development of young people with a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities.

Their high standards have helped to establish Derwen College as one of the leading specialist colleges in the country, recognised as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for the third consecutive time [latest report May 2016].



Specialist provision comes with unique challenges especially in the monitoring of student behaviour and progress throughout their journey at the college. As a result, Derwen College needed a flexible student management system that could be easily tailored to their specific requirements.

Derwen College has chosen ebs as the perfect fit, joining many other leading FE colleges who are benefiting from Tribal’s integrated system.

Tribal has developed a staff portal specifically for Derwen College that allows all members of staff to report on all aspects of student behaviour, be it praise or concern for a student, instantly through any device. ebs is able to collate this information to give a single overview of students’ progress.


James Cooke, Tribal’s Business Development Manager said:

“With the addition of ebs, Derwen College will benefit from a holistic view of a student’s wellbeing and progress to make sure they are on-track to succeed. We are delighted to be providing the college with a system that will increase efficiency and allow them to continue providing the highest quality of education.”


In early 2016 Derwen College implemented Tribal’s ActionPlan+, an online continuous quality improvement management solution. As an ‘Outstanding’ college they understand the importance of carrying out robust evidence-based self-assessment and linking this to quality improvement plans. The ability of ActionPlan+ to streamline and enhance this process will further embed quality improvement in the institute’s processes.


Maggie Furmanek, Director Finance & Resources, Derwen College said:

“We are happy to be continuing our relationship with Tribal, who provided fantastic training and support throughout the implementation of ActionPlan+. We selected ebs because the system could easily be tailored to our needs, allowing our staff to easily monitor our students’ progress, and ultimately focus their valuable time on our learners’ success.”

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