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Inspectors have a ‘Good’ feeling about Adult Education

Published Friday, 26 May 2017

Adult learners in Coventry can be sure of a good experience after inspectors gave the Council’s Adult Education Service the seal of approval.

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An Adult Education dance class

After a short inspection earlier this year Ofsted has confirmed the service has maintained the ‘Good’ rating it achieved in 2013.

They praised a number of areas including the establishment of a successful apprenticeship programme.

They also highlighted ‘highly effective’ study programmes for care leavers, NEETs (young people not in education, employment or training) and looked after children making a ‘significant difference’ to their future prospects.

Other areas praised include:

  • a strong culture of safeguarding
  • tutors planning lessons well and making learning fun and relevant
  • high qualification achievement rates for English and ESOL programmes
  • most apprentices achieve their qualification in the planned period and develop a good range of vocational skills
  • learners on community learning programmes achieve their learning objectives well.

Head of Adult Education, Heather Blevins, said: “The Service’s good grade is down to the very hard work of all staff to give local residents a positive learning experience and their passion for helping people to succeed.”

The inspection team visited 37 classes, spoke to learners and apprentices as well as Adult Education staff.

Director of Education, Libraries and Adult Learning, Kirston Nelson, said: “I want to congratulate everyone involved with the Adult Education Service for helping to make it such a successful and popular service across the city.

"The feedback we have from learners – from those pursuing a new hobby to those achieving vital qualifications – tells us how important a service it is.”

The Adult Education Service runs over 1,000 courses across 23 venues. 

Feedback from learners: included:

  • Ukulele learner, Chris Rodes, said: “This has been a great experience and excellent value for money. I have learnt a great deal. This has greatly improved my quality of life after my retirement and given me the tools to move on with my musical learning.”
  • Maxine Pollock, a learner who achieved a Level 2 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, said: “I'm absolutely delighted to have been offered a position in school, a dream come true as I absolutely love it there!  Thank you so much because, if it wasn't for this course and all you people then I'd have never achieved what I have, I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and learnt so much and I've come so far.”

The full inspection report can be found on the Ofsted website.

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