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Adult learning and leisure

Adult Learning and Leisure

Community based Learning and the Skills Strategy

LSRN Seminar

7 July 2006

Steve Lay

Somerset County Council

Adult Learning & Leisure


Adult learning and leisure

It is Adult Learning and Leisure’s intention to develop a reputation for excellence in:

  • Meeting the needs of learners at entry and level one

  • The delivery of return to learn courses

  • Providing local community-based learning opportunities across Somerset in a wide range of venues at all times of the year

  • Providing access to essentialskills

  • Engaging with disaffected and hard to reach learners

  • Recreational learning

  • Developing skills within Somerset’s workforce


Adult learning leisure vision

Adult Learning & Leisure Vision

‘Excellent Learning and Leisure opportunities for everyone’

  • Equality and diversity

  • Continuous quality improvement

  • Social inclusion

  • Community cohesion

  • Economic regeneration


Adult learning inspectorate

Adult Learning Inspectorate

  • Report published in February 2006

  • 21 Inspectors – 156 inspector days

  • 609 learner interviews

  • 180 visits to centres

  • 52 partner/external agency interviews

  • 228 interviews with staff

  • 206 lessons observed – totalling 93 hours


Inspection outcomes

Inspection outcomes

  • Ali ‘Bronze’ Award

  • Lesson Observations:55% Outstanding or Good

    38% Satisfactory

    7% Inadequate

  • Leadership and Management – Grade 2 (Good)

  • Equality of Opportunity – Grade 2

  • Capacity to make further improvements – Grade 2

  • Community Development – Grade 2

  • Health, public services and care – Grade 2

  • Preparation for life and work, contributory grade:

    Return to Learn – Grade 2


Key findings

Key findings:

  • Strong strategic leadership

  • Good management of change

  • Productive partnership arrangements

  • Good promotion of equality and diversity

  • Successful initiatives to widen participation


Adult learning and leisure priorities

Adult Learning and Leisure Priorities

  • Skills for Life – literacy and numeracy

  • Full Level 2 provision

  • Employer Engagement – Workforce reform

  • Family Learning

  • Personal and Community Development Learning


Partnership development

Partnership Development

  • Vulnerable groups

  • First steps learning

  • Community groups

  • Adults from deprived wards

  • Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities (NLDC)


Accessibility

Accessibility

  • One third of users travel less than a mile

  • Use of over 400 community venues

  • Significant premises improvements

  • Extensive use of Somerset Total Communication


Equality and diversity

Equality and Diversity

  • Disability and Minority Ethnic Workers

  • 60 Learning Support Workers

  • 8 Learning Advisers

  • Impartial information advice and guidance

  • 10 Widening Participation Project Workers


Independence well being and choice

‘Independence, Well-being and Choice’

  • Personalised learning programmes

  • Support for Carers

  • Health and well-being – fitness and leisure

  • Partnership for Older People Project

  • Voluntary and Community Sector enabling partnerships

  • LearnDirect partnership with Cultural Service (Libraries)


Independence well being and choice cont

‘Independence, Well-being and Choice’ – Cont ..

  • Family Learning projects with Heritage Service

  • ESF ESOL project

  • Economic Regeneration – Train to Gain bid

  • Workforce Reform

  • Children and Young Peoples Plan


Conclusion

Conclusion

  • What next?

  • Reading the crystal ball

  • Skills needed for the future?


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