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Royal Borough’s adult learning rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Following a short inspection in May 2017, the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Adult and Community Learning provision has been awarded a ‘Good’ rating by Ofsted, maintaining the grade achieved in the previous inspection back in May 2013.

The inspectors’ note that the Council “continues to ensure adult learning programmes are aimed at developing the skills that local people need to take advantage of job opportunities in the borough and beyond”. As a result, a high proportion of courses now concentrate on developing learners’ skills to match the needs of the local job market with a third of  learners unemployed at the start of their course progressing into employment, while one in ten progress into further learning.

Ofsted found that learners develop their skills and knowledge, improve their health and well-being and achieve their qualifications successfully through the Council’s Adult Learning programmes.

Councillor Sizwe James, Cabinet Member for Transport, Economy and Smart Cities, said: “I am delighted that Ofsted has judged the Council’s Adult and Community Learning programmes still to be Good. We work in partnership with some fantastic providers to deliver a broad adult learning offer and Ofsted recognise the excellent progress our learners make.

“The report rightly highlights our effective work with London South East Colleges who, following the merger last year, are developing a high quality learning offer for the Royal Borough. We will continue to review work in this area, and along with all our provider partners make further improvements so that Adult and Community Learning continues to make a positive difference to the lives of our residents.”

The Ofsted report can be found at: www.reports.ofsted.gov.uk