08 November 2016

Northamptonshire County Council’s adult learning service has been rated as good following an inspection by Ofsted.

Inspectors, who visited the service in September, praised the high quality of adult learning and found staff also make good use of learner feedback to review and inform the curriculum.

Learning support

The inspectors’ report said: “Senior leaders and managers have a strong commitment to providing a good quality of adult learning that successfully meets the needs of its users.

“All learners benefit from receiving good personal and learning support. Support staff have built trust and respect with adult learners, who often have significant barriers to participating in education. This has made a major contribution to learners’ stated improvements in self-confidence and self-worth. “

Managers were praised for their work to refocus the adult learning programme to better meet the needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged people, including classes for those with mental health difficulties to help improve their life chances.

There was also recognition for the service’s work to support apprenticeships in the county.

Cllr Matthew Golby, cabinet member for children, families and learning, said: “This is a fantastic result for the adult learning service and reflects the hard work they put into devising and delivering a varied and appropriate curriculum for learners in Northamptonshire.

“I’m particularly pleased to see that inspectors have recognised the work that has been done to improve provision for those who need extra help to find employment, both for apprentices and those with mental health needs.

“I hope this positive Ofsted inspection will encourage more people across the county to find out more about what our adult learning service offers and how they could benefit from learning a new skill.”

Sign up

The spring adult learning brochure is out now, offering a wide range of courses from cookery to sport available from January to March. Courses include:

  • Practical astronomy
  • Cake decorating for beginners
  • Counselling skills
  • Pasta making
  • Interview skills
  • DIY basics
  • Parent and toddler swimming
  • Blogging for beginners
  • Build your first website
  • Understanding anxiety
  • Cycling – confidence on the road

To find out more about upcoming courses or to book a place, visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/adultlearning or call 0300 126 1000.