Adult learning service
praised in new report
EDUCATION watchdog Ofsted has rated
Liverpool City Council's Adult Learning Service as 'good' in a new
inspection. More than 10,500 people enrolled on to courses at its 7 sites across
the City in 2016; with ¾ of them from the most disadvantaged
communities in the City.
Inspectors praised "exemplary" changes which have been made to focus the
service on employment and skills to help residents gain qualifications that will
help them into work, such as English, maths and computer skills.
They found that:- "leaders and senior managers have focused very effectively
on improving the quality of the provision" and that learner:- s "receive
a good quality of education."
They also assessed that managers:- "have ensured that service's response to
the changing needs and priorities of disadvantaged communities in Liverpool is
outstanding"; that they are "very ambitious for the provision"
and the service is:- "striving hard to be an outstanding provider."
Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for education, employment and skills,
Councillor Nick Small, said:- "In recent years we have completely
refocused the Adult Learning Service so that everything it does is around
helping people in to work. This is really important in Liverpool because we have
a considerable skills shortage which is a huge barrier to people getting in to
I am delighted that Ofsted have recognised the success of our approach, and I
would like to pay tribute to all of our staff for embracing the changes we have
made and delivering amazing teaching and learning day in, day out.
Gaining a qualification is a game changer for many of the people that they are
teaching and opens the door to a whole new world of opportunities. They are
literally changing people's lives for the better.
I am also pleased that inspectors have recognised the ambition that we have for
the service and our absolute determination to make further improvements and help
more people achieve their potential."
In 2015/16, around 40% of learners did not have any previous qualifications when
they took their first course. Many went on to take further courses and gain paid
employment, work as volunteers in local businesses or become self employed.
Inspectors have made a small number of recommendations to further improve the
service, including setting clear and demanding targets for the progression of
learners in to jobs and encouraging learners to keep their work well organised.
A copy of the report can be found
For further information about how to enrol on an Adult Learning Service Course,
call:- 0151 233 3026 or go