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Isle of Wight Council adult education service requires improvement, Ofsted say

Ofsted have said the Isle of Wight Council's adult education service requires improvement, a drop down from its previous rating of good.

Ofsted have said the Isle of Wight Council's adult education service requires improvement, a drop down from its previous rating of good.

David Newble

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Friday, November 10, 2017 - 14:09

EDUCATION bosses have pledged to implement an action plan to improve the IW Council’s adult education service after an Ofsted report rated it as ‘requiring improvement’.
Work to boost the management of the service and tackle problems such as low attainment in maths and English and course attendance will now take place as a priority.
The last assessment of the service rated it 'good'.
Ofsted found managers had been slow to make improvements identified in a self-assessment report and progress in raising standards in teaching, learning and assessment, particularly in maths and English, was slow.
However, learners felt safe, enjoyed learning with the experienced tutors and they developed increased self-confidence that encouraged them to take further courses.
A new advisory board was already in place to address issues before the inspection by the education regulator last month and this will take over the driving up of standards.
Cllr Paul Brading, cabinet member responsible for the service said: “This is a disappointing report from Ofsted on a service that had previously been rated as good but there are many plus points too and the council is very confident it can improve.
“We set up a new advisory board in September to address some of these issues that had already been identified before Ofsted came and this will implement the action plan to improve standards through detailed performance reports.
“The service has suffered from the absence of key managers and this has hampered progress, but staff are hard-working and committed to helping adults gain qualifications, life skills and jobs.
"We work with adults aged 19 to 100, with the majority being aged 30 to 50.
“My view on this report is simple: I see no reason why we cannot make the changes necessary to regain our good rating once again.”
The central government-funded service provides learning for around 840 people aged 19 or over from disadvantaged backgrounds and those wanting to improve skills and qualifications to help gain employment.

 


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