Ofsted Praise for County Adult Learning Service
Leicestershire County Council’s work with adult learners has been commended by Ofsted.
Inspectors praised the “continually improving” work being done by the authority’s Adult Learning Service, which provides programmes for more than 7,300 part-time learners.
The service, which targets the most disadvantaged groups, has received an overall effectiveness rating of “good” following a four-day period of inspection.
A primary focus of attention for the Ofsted inspectors was teaching and learning in English and Maths lessons. Their report said: “Teachers create a welcoming atmosphere which helps learners to gain confidence and successfully complete literacy and numeracy tasks. For many, this is their first successful learning experience.”
Inspectors highlighted the positive impact of the activities in helping childcare workers improve their English and Maths – not only those enrolled on the programme, but also the children they support.
The Ofsted report also praised the “very strong” support given to learners who have significant personal and learning needs. The report went on: “Achievements are high in learning goals, pass rates on national tests and the progression from family learning programmes to further learning and employment.”
Dave Houseman, the County Council’s Cabinet member for adults and communities, said: “There are many encouraging aspects of the report and I am pleased that inspectors have commended our work.”
The report said learners successfully improve their personal and employability skills which also benefits their economic well-being, while the service is also taking steps to address areas for development, including modern foreign language provision as well as raising confidence levels among tutors to promote fully equal and diverse lessons