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Adult community learning team celebrate Ofsted rating

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Staff in Rotherham Council’s adult community learning team are celebrating after receiving a good rating from Ofsted.

The service which is responsible for helping those aged 19 and over, was previously rated as needing improvement.

It helps adults looking to gain new skills, parents hoping to support their children in school and residents with learning and physical difficulties.

The service, based at Riverside House, was particularly praised for its rates of attendance, retention and achievement, supporting learners, enabling learners with learning difficulties or disabilities to achieve as well as improving employability and personal progression.

Partnership working and the increased number of people participating on courses were also particularly praised by the inspectors.

Deputy leader of Rotherham Council, Coun Paul Lakin said: “Our adult community learning team provide a vital role in helping raise the aspirations and abilities of Rotherham residents looking to improve their chances in life.

“When they received their previous Ofsted rating there was a great deal of disappointment from the staff as they knew they were better than the rating suggested, hence why they doubled their efforts to make sure there was no disappointment the next time around.

“We’re all really proud of the team and what they have achieved and all firmly believe that they deserve the rating they have. However, they’re more than determined to go for ‘outstanding’ next time around, and we all firmly believe they can manage it.

“Well done to everyone, I know the effort it’s taken to improve and it’s a fantastic achievement.”

 

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