Ofsted recognises adult learning programme as ‘good’

11/07/2017, PR8601

​An inspection of Wakefield's Adult and Community Education Service (ACES) has recognised that improvements have been made.

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​A report outlining improvements and key areas the council is continuing to focus on will be discussed by Cabinet members meeting on July 18.

The service was inspected in November 2015 when Ofsted judged it as 'inadequate'. Since then a number of key changes have been made and in March a re-inspection by Ofsted judged the service as 'requiring improvement for overall effectiveness' but judged the adult learning programme as good.

The report said "Elected members, senior leaders and managers of the service are highly ambitious for ACES to become a good learning provider. They have taken effective steps to re-shape the adult education curriculum to ensure it meets Wakefield Council's well-defined priorities for communities which aim to enable residents to become more economically active, more engaged as citizens and as a result, to contribute to improving the lives and chances for children and young people.

Cllr Pat Garbutt

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, at Wakefield Council, said: "We are fully committed to providing all adult learners with an excellent service. I am pleased that in a relatively short time we have made a number of key changes which have improved the quality of teaching and performance of learners.

"We recognise that more still needs to be achieved. But we now have a clear plan in place to continue this improvement and to develop our services so they continue to meet the needs of local communities."

In its report Ofsted said the quality of teaching had improved, with learners getting better results, and learners enjoy their studies and attend well.

Councillors, leaders and managers of the service have proved they are committed to re-shaping the service, with a focus on enabling citizens to improve their skills to become more economically active.

A system which monitors how well the service is doing in recruiting learners from the most disadvantaged backgrounds was also working well.

Governors were praised by Ofsted for using their skills in business, human resources, and community partnerships to support the process of change.

Councillors are being recommended to note the improvements made.

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