The inspection highlighted the quality and dedication of our tutors working in Kent Adult Education, Kent Training and Apprenticeships and Skills Plus.
Ofsted judged the service as ‘good’ for all areas of its work, including leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, outcomes for learners, adult learning and apprenticeships.
CLS provides learning opportunities for adults, young people and families across Kent in order to meet their aspirations for improved work skills, better personal development, strong families and healthy creative lives.
Inspectors found that “governors, leaders and managers work diligently to ensure that learners experience good teaching, learning and assessment”.
The Ofsted inspection was carried out in June and highlighted some key successes for CLS. The team of inspectors noted “many different groups of learners, particularly those who have not previously taken part in education, employment or training, now successfully follow courses that improve their lives”.
“As a consequence of good teaching, learning and assessment, learners enjoy their courses, make good progress and undertake further learning”.
Mike Hill, KCC’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, was delighted with the Ofsted grading for CLS and said: “This is a good service for adults who want to learn new job skills or gain new qualifications to boost their careers or for those who are simply interested in broadening their horizons by learning for the simple pleasure of it.
“I am delighted that Ofsted has recognised its qualities”.
The Head of Service for CLS, Terry Burgess, added: “The Community Learning and Skills team are very pleased that Ofsted have once again recognised the high quality of our provision in Kent.
“This outcome is a credit to the hard work, commitment and skills of everyone who works within the service, which provides a broad range of more than 30,000 learning opportunities across the county every year.
“We are particularly pleased that the diversity of our offer – which encompasses work in local communities and neighbourhoods, schools and families, employers and apprentices as well as courses encouraging healthy and creative lives – has been commended so highly.”
In 2014-15, more than 25,000 adults enrolled on adult education courses delivered across the county in dedicated adult education centres and in neighbourhood settings including community centres, schools, faith venues and children’s centres.
The most popular course categories include:
- General Studies
- Health & Fitness
- Personal Development
- Photography & Computing