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Ofsted gives the Birmingham Adult Education Service a positive review

The latest report from Ofsted rates the Birmingham Adult Education Service as ‘good’, an improvement on the last inspection that noted that the service ‘required improvement’. Five key areas of inspection were highly rated, including:

  • Teaching, learning and assessment
  • Adult learning programmes
  • Behaviour and welfare
  • Personal development
  • Outcomes for learners
    Victoria Square in central Birmingham

Outcomes for learners was particularly impressive, with over four out of five learners moving on to positive opportunities and the majority completing their qualifications.  

Other key findings include:

  • Teachers being highly skilled and able to challenge learners with varied ability
  • ESOL teaching and learning is highly effective
  • Those from deprived areas or areas that have high levels of cultural diversity are able to develop strong skills for work that improve their lives
  • Effective careers advice and guidance benefits the majority of learners
  • Governance arrangements have been strengthened through an advisory board that provides support and challenges

Councillor Jayne Francis who is a cabinet member for education, skills and culture has praised the hard work of all involved. She acknowledged that there is always room for further improvement, but is confident that the positive findings of the report prove that adult learning in Birmingham is headed in a very positive direction. 

The full Ofsted report can be accessed here.


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