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Ofsted praises ‘Good’ Adult Learning service for addressing social needs

20 February 2020

Norfolk County Council’s Adult Learning service has been rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted following an inspection in January. They praised the ‘effective curriculum that meets the needs of the local community and employers well.’

The report also highlighted the impact the work is having beyond the classroom. Ofsted said that ‘courses help learners overcome their loneliness and isolation’ and praised the work in ‘rural, often economically-deprived, areas of Norfolk.’

Cllr Margaret Dewsbury, cabinet member for Communities and Partnerships at Norfolk County Council said:

“Adult Learning has continued to help thousands of people learn new skills and build their confidence. Ofsted have rightly recognised the impact our work has had on those who might be socially isolated and the support for adults with complex learning and social needs.”

“I would like to thank the Adult Learning team for their hard work and dedication which has shone through in this report. Their commitment to providing high quality training in Norfolk is a real asset to our county and a key building block in our ambition for inclusive growth.”

The report recognised the role Adult Learning plays in meeting the “needs of the local community and employers”. They support key sectors in the county with vocational courses in childcare, accountancy and health and social care.

This is the second time in a row that Norfolk’s Adult Learning service has achieved a ‘Good’ rating following the same result in 2016.

At the time of the inspection there were 3,354 learners enrolled across Norfolk. The Adult Learning service offers courses in everything from basic English and maths, including GCSEs, to silversmithing and ceramics.

About Adult Learning

Norfolk County Council’s Adult Learning team offers a range of vocational qualifications and apprenticeships with subsidised courses right across Norfolk including Accountancy, Access to Higher Education, Health and Social Care, English and maths qualifications, including GCSE, Childcare and Teaching qualifications, family learning, as well as community-based and leisure courses designed for people to try a new hobby, learn a new skill or get back into learning.

All courses are taught by professionally qualified, passionate tutors who are experts in their field. In addition to a dedicated apprenticeships team there is an experienced team of advisors offering ongoing specialist learning support, and information, advice and guidance to help people beginning a path to a new career or life goal.

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