Barnsley’s Adult Skills services highlighted at Cabinet ahead of open day

The latest Ofsted report for Barnsley’s Adult Skills and Community Learning service (ASCL) will be presented to the council’s Cabinet members on Wednesday, 20 March. The services self-assessment report for the academic year August 2017 – July 2018 will also be reviewed.

ASCL which runs a wide variety of courses across the borough welcomed education watchdog Ofsted from 13 – 16 November 2018. During the week the service underwent rigorous inspection activity. A team of four inspectors engaged with learners, tutors, staff and partners.

Inspectors graded the service as 'good' in all five categories.

The report highlights how the service is committed to supporting adults to gain the skills and experience they need to be successful in their family units, at work and in their communities. It also recognises the strong relationships the service has with local partners to help progress learners into employment or further training.

ASCL is funded primarily through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and Adult Education Budget (AEB). The service also brings in self-generated fees from the businesses and individuals who access courses.

The funding is used to support and engage with individuals and groups to help them improve the skills and qualifications needed to move in, into or towards employment and/or improve wellbeing and confidence.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “I'm delighted that Ofsted has recognised the great work the council and ASCL are doing to help the people of Barnsley to achieve their potential.

“The service is working hard to help bring residents and communities together to increase their confidence, stay mentally active and achieve their goals.”

ASCL will be hosting an open day for new learners on Wednesday 10 April from 10am till 7pm at Wellington House. Everyone is welcome to come along to find out about the wide range of courses on offer including English, Maths, IT, creative skills and professional courses.

The day will provide the chance to look round and ask questions about the different subjects on offer from tutors and chat with current students. Information about financial assistance to help with childcare and travel costs while studying will also be available.

2,245 adults took part in courses run by Barnsley’s ASCL last year, and more than 1,700 qualifications were achieved. 95 per cent of the adult learners who attended would recommend ASCL to their family and friends.

For more information on courses available through ASCL visit or call 01226 775271.

The full report can be found here.

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