Ofsted praise for Council’s high-quality community learning and skills service

Stockport Council’s Continuing Education Service is celebrating after receiving a wealth of praise from Ofsted.

The service was visited by Ofsted inspectors in March who graded the service as being ‘good’.

The service provides English, mathematics and employability courses and qualifications for more than 850 adult learners every year, supporting people who are facing some of the most challenging circumstances to improve their chances of gaining employment or progressing in work.

The Ofsted report identifies the very positive impact of the teaching being provided.

“Almost all learners progress to employment, further education or volunteering. […] Learners are enthusiastic about how they have improved their self-confidence and motivation. They learn new knowledge and skills that they need for everyday life. […] Current learners make good progress on their courses, developing relevant knowledge and skills, and achieving qualifications that help them to fulfil their personal goals and aspirations,” says the inspection report.

The report also acknowledges the effectiveness of the Council’s leadership and management of the Service.

“Because of swift and successful actions, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, and outcomes for adults have improved and are now good,” says the inspection report.

Caroline Simpson, Corporate Director for Place at Stockport Council, said: “This is excellent news for Stockport. Everyone involved with the Council’s Continuing Education Service deserves this praise and recognition and they should be incredibly proud of this Ofsted report.

“We work hard to ensure our Continuing Education Service reaches those most in need and supports them to improve their lives and to achieve their personal goals. Our staff will continue to go above and beyond to provide quality education and training to our learners, so they can improve their skills and have access to further career and life opportunities.”

The Ofsted report was released on 17 April 2018 and is available here.