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Ofsted praises council’s ‘sustainable improvements’

Adult education in North Yorkshire has been recognised by Ofsted inspectors following work to improve the service for communities.

A recent monitoring visit allowed Ofsted to investigate the progress that was made across the programme concerning four improvement areas that were highlighted in February 2023. The inspection found that improvements were made in relation to the following:

  • Making sure that processes are in place to continue with high-quality adult education.
  • Continuing to progress and align the curriculum.
  • Improve written communication within apprenticeships.
  • Integrating fundamental British values into learning.
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Following the visit, it was recognised that the council’s actions were already benefitting learners, whilst also noting that the improvements are sustainable and based on quality assurance. Career progression has been a focus of learning, supporting adults with a clear pathway as well as discussions. This helps to establish clear goals, as well as identify skills gaps within communities.

Councillor Annabel Wilkinson, Executive Member for Education, Learning and Skills, said:

“The recent monitoring visit and subsequent report reflects our dedication to providing quality education and ensuring continuous improvement.

“We are committed to addressing the identified areas for improvement and ensuring that adult learners and apprentices in North Yorkshire receive the best possible education to support their future careers and lives.”

Further praise was given to the council’s curriculum, with it furthering how learners understand fundamental British values. One way this has been done is through the implementation of real-world events to bring democratic principles into a number of subjects.

Assistant Director for Education and Skills, Amanda Newbold, added:

“I’m delighted to see that Ofsted inspectors recognise that our strategy for improvement is paying off. When the initial visit was taken, we were at the start of a journey of transition.

“The strategy and subsequent work we had already started to implement is well underway now. The commitment to continuous improvement is evident in the positive progress observed during the recent monitoring visit, which highlights too that the strategy is working…

“…We will remain focused on our mission to provide high-quality education for adults, aligning with the evolving needs of our residents and communities.”

Ofsted are due to restart school inspections as well this week, following a pause whilst mental health training is introduced in the aftermath of the inquiry into the death of headteacher Ruth Perry.


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