Adult community learning courses across Suffolk delivered by Realise Futures Learning and Development retains Good Ofsted grading
Monday 19th March 2018 - Adult community learning courses attended by thousands of people across Suffolk and delivered by social enterprise Realise Futures have been graded Good by Ofsted.
The two-day inspection of the Suffolk County Council provision saw the service retain its Good grading previously attained in 2014. Learning is provided by the Realise Futures Learning and Development division of Realise Futures.
Operations Manager Deborah Williams said: "It's satisfying to know that the learning which we provide on behalf of Suffolk County Council has been confirmed as good by Ofsted. We are really proud that our service plays such a key role in helping adult learners in Suffolk to achieve their learning goals, gain qualifications and progress."
She added: "We get some great feedback from our learners who clearly enjoy the courses they attend, whether to gain work skills, qualifications in core skills like English and maths or tackling technology.
"I'd like to personally say thank you to the tutors and staff who have made this possible through their hard work and dedication and, of course, congratulate all our learners who have worked so hard to achieve such great results."
Staff from Realise Futures Learning and Development run more than 100 community learning courses, from six learning centres across Suffolk, as well as providing bespoke courses for businesses and community organisations at partner venues. They deliver the majority of the adult and community learning contract, funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, through Suffolk County Council.
In its report, Ofsted inspectors acknowledged a rise in the achievement rates of adult learners across Suffolk.
They said they saw "excellent examples" of detailed target-setting for individual learners which are successfully helping adult learners to gain confidence. They said learners have a good understand of the progression opportunities available to them.
They also said staff work well with National Careers Service advisers, to provide learners with additional careers information, and liaise very effectively with Jobcentre Plus advisers to ensure courses meet the needs of unemployed learners.
The report said: "Leaders and managers use observations of teaching, learning and assessment well to monitor and improve the quality of provision. The process is rigorous and the managers at Realise Futures, who carry out observations, accurately identify teachers' key strengths and weaknesses."
Inspectors acknowledged the good progress made in dealing with weaknesses identified at the previous inspection. They said there was still some work to do going forward relating to the use Information Learning and setting targets based on an assessment of learners' starting points.
Last year, Realise Futures Learning and Development helped 4,000 people aged 19+ in Suffolk to access community learning courses.
It has just launched its new enrolment programme for the summer, with courses covering skills for work, maths and English, computers and technology, health and wellbeing and family learning.
All courses can be found at www.rflearn.co.uk
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