Good rating for adult learning from Ofsted

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


EDUCATION services for adults on the Isle of Wight have been rated good by Ofsted.

Following the latest inspection of Isle of Wight Council run adult community learning services, inspectors praised the service’s collaboration with schools and voluntary sector providers, as well as the efforts of tutors.

The service, which supports opportunities for learning across a range of subjects for people aged 19 and over, was previously rated as needing improvement.

Executive member for children’s services Cllr Richard Priest said: "Congratulations to the adult community learning team on their good Ofsted result. These programmes make a real difference to the Island by offering a diverse range of courses provided in partnership with schools, communities and a wide range of organisations."

Tutors were described as supportive, with high expectations for students, and there was particular praise for strategies to improve low English and mathematics standards.

Ofsted raised concerns however, that there was insufficient management capacity to sustain further improvement. A council spokesman said the authority planned to fill vacancies to increase management capacity.

Read the report in full below:

Isle of Wight Adult Community Learning Ofsted Report

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