The effectiveness of learning provision in Worcestershire has been confirmed following a recent Ofsted inspection.
Ofsted have awarded a rating of 'good' to Worcestershire County Council for their learning provision for 16–19 year olds and adults 19+ following their inspection in June 1016. This is the second highest possible rating.
Inspectors noted that 16-19 year olds not currently in education, employment or training gain vital skills and qualifications in a wide range of areas such as catering and hospitality, business administration and horticulture. Adults on 19+ programmes learn new skills and improve work opportunities through the Adult Learning Programme.
All aspects of the learning provision were judged by Ofsted to be 'good'. This includes: Effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; and outcomes for learners; across both 16 to 19 study programmes; and adult learning programmes.
The report praises WCC leaders and managers for their 'appropriate and effective actions' to deliver quality learning experiences, as well as the 'particularly effective advice, guidance and individual support' provided by 'highly skilled and experienced teachers'.
The report also highlights a significant improvement in achievement rates, individual development and progression opportunities for learners. Ofsted inspectors conclude that learning provision is 'well-chosen and responds well to the needs of the local community and local enterprise'.
Cllr Marc Bayliss, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Children and Families, said: "We are delighted with the conclusion of the recent Ofsted inspection. To see improvement in our learning provision is superb and welcome recognition of the hard work put in by service leaders and teachers. We are determined to offer the best possible learning opportunities for young people and all adults in Worcestershire, and our aim is to continue to improve and push for an 'outstanding' result from the next inspection."
Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Localism and Communities said: "This result is fantastic news for learning provision in the County. As well as the huge individual and business benefits, delivering a high standard of education has a tremendous positive impact on local communities, which we are happy to see reflected in the report. A huge well done and thank you to all staff involved."
The full Ofsted report can be read at http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/