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Essex County Council's community learning and skills provision judged 'Good' by Ofsted

29 March 2018

Essex County Council’s community learning and skills provision has been awarded an overall rating of Good in its recent OFSTED inspection.
Ofsted inspectors visited ACL (Adult Community Learning, Essex) in February 2018 and found that leaders, managers and staff have worked hard to improve its adult learning provision. The service was particularly praised for its welcoming, enabling, supportive and inclusive culture, highlighting that leaders, managers and staff are impressive role models in this regard.
Essex County Councillor Ray Gooding, Cabinet Member for Education said: “Everyone involved in ACL Essex should be incredibly proud of this Ofsted report. The service has improved dramatically since the last inspection and a Good rating is a fantastic result for learners, tutors and staff alike.”
ACL was judged to be good in all aspects of the service, including the effectiveness of leadership and management; apprenticeships; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; Adult Learning Programmes; personal development, behaviour and welfare and outcomes for learners.
Highlights of the report include:
  • The quality of teaching, learning and assessment has improved markedly since the previous inspection. As a result, the large majority of learners and apprentices rapidly develop their skills and knowledge.
  • Staff successfully promote safeguarding, teach learners about the ‘Prevent’ agenda and support the development of British values. As a result, learners are confident, knowledgeable, secure and respectful.
  • Leaders and managers ensure that a greater proportion of apprentices achieve within planned timescales than previously.
  • Learners studying creative courses and apprentices develop particularly high-quality practical skills.
  • Very strong partnership working and engagement with employers bring real benefits to learners from all communities.
ACL runs courses across Essex. These include recognised qualifications as a route to employment, as well as creative courses to develop new interests and improve health and wellbeing.
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