Blackpool Council’s Adult and community learning service has received glowing praise from Ofsted inspectors.
Following an inspection in January the service has been rated “Good” by Ofsted with praise being given to the “exceptional” staff and tutors.
Each year more around 2500 local residents benefit from courses provided by the team with topics ranging from IT and digital skills to maths and English to employability and cookery.
If residents want to learn, for example, how to cook on a budget, set up a Facebook account, improve their interview skills or cope with anxiety there are courses available alongside many others. Specialised courses can also be designed on request.
Inspectors identified that:
• The service provided a welcoming, inclusive and safe learning environment.
• Adults and their families benefit from a high standard of teaching which helps them to improve their lives and future prospects.
• The vast majority of adults achieve their qualifications or learning goals.
• Tutors and staff provide exceptional support.
• Learners benefits from high quality internships.
• The vast majority of learners progress onto other course and a quarter gain employment.
Cllr Kath Benson, Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said:
“I am delighted Ofsted inspectors have recognised the impact this vital service is having on Blackpool residents.
“Many of the adults and families, who have participated in a course, have themselves recognised the impact it has had on their self-esteem and ambition for the future. The skills they develop not only help themselves but allow them to make a positive contribution to their community.