Apprentices get a ‘good’ deal

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Northumberland County Council’s adult learning service has been awarded top grades from Ofsted.

The inspectors rated the service as good with some outstanding features.

Ofsted sent three HMI and four additional inspectors who reported: “Managers and staff at all levels of the service demonstrate a very high level of commitment to providing high-quality adult education that meets the learning needs of the people of Northumberland.”

Councillor Robert Arckless, policy board member for children’s services at the council, said: “The success rates for apprenticeships are outstanding. The council are among the top providers in the country for apprenticeship success rates with 88% of learners completing and achieving on time, 30% better than the national average.”

The report also praised the service’s promotion of equality and diversity: “Managers have successfully developed an inclusive culture in which tutors promote equality and diversity particularly well in their lessons and learners increase their understanding of a wide range of issues that affect their lives.

“Learners benefit from very good personal and academic support from their tutors who have a caring and supportive approach that very effectively encourages all learners and raises their aspirations.”

The report reflects the council’s pledge to increase the skills base in the county and protect the economic future of Northumberland.

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