The adult education service, which provides courses for around 6,500 learners, has achieved a ‘good’ report from Ofsted.
This is a very positive step up for the service, currently run for West Sussex County Council by Aspire Sussex Limited.
At a previous inspection in November 2015, the adult education service was deemed inadequate. But this time around Ofsted inspectors praised the overall effectiveness of the service, concluding it is ‘a good provider’.
Categories that received a ‘good’ rating during the inspection include:
• Effectiveness of leadership and management
• Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
• Personal development, behaviour and welfare
• Outcomes for learners
• Adult learning programmes
Key findings include:
• Skilled, experienced and enthusiastic tutors use their teaching expertise and subject knowledge well to inspire most students
• Since the previous inspection, tutors, supported by managers, have much improved their ability to help students develop mathematical skills; as a result, students, many for the first time, improve these skills and recognise the relevance of mathematics in their daily lives
• Students who have learning difficulties and disabilities, many of whom live in residential settings, enjoy their learning and make good progress
Peter Catchpole, Cabinet Member for Adult Services at West Sussex County Council, said: “I am delighted Ofsted inspectors rated the service as ‘good’ and noted the improvements that have been made.
“The adult education service is so important to help give learners in West Sussex the best opportunities to find employment.”
Robyn Kohler, Chief Executive Officer of Aspire Sussex said: “We have worked hard alongside officers from the County Council to improve our service. We will be taking on board the recommendations of the Ofsted inspectors to further improve adult education for our learners.”
The full Ofsted report can be viewed via reports.ofsted.gov.uk and searching for Skills West Sussex County Council.
Aspire, which is currently redesigning its website www.aspiresussex.org.uk, offers hundreds of courses right across the county, including functional skills, arts and crafts, languages, cookery, psychology, photography, dance and music.
Courses run during the day, in the evening, and there are Saturday workshops too.
For more details about upcoming courses contact 0345 6010161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org