Norfolk adult education is much improved, says Ofsted

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Staff and learners of Norfolk County Council’s adult education service have received an early Christmas present after Ofsted judged it is making significant progress.

The re-inspection monitoring visit is the third since publication of an inspection report in March, which found the service to be inadequate overall.

Following the report the council established an improvement team to tackle identified weaknesses. In addition, the cross-party Adult Education Steering Group focused on the improvement plan and has been providing further challenge and better governance of the service.

Immediate priorities include raising qualification success rates and improving the recording of progress and achievement in community learning.

The new Ofsted monitoring report (which is viewable at http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/53545) states that “with support from elected members and senior officers, the service is being positioned such that it can respond to, and inform, wider county council priorities”.

Richard Bearman, chairman of the Adult Education Steering Group, said: “This latest monitoring report from Ofsted reflects the good, and targeted, work that is being done to improve the Adult Education service in Norfolk.”