Ofsted praises Hampshire County Council for family learning
Monday, 23 June 2014
Hampshire County Council has been praised by Ofsted for its delivery of family learning in communities across the county.
A case study published by Ofsted, details an example of good practice that demonstrates how the County Council works with learning providers and schools to meet the challenge of encouraging adults back in to education to help them improve their own and their children's mathematical and literacy skills.
Over the past two years, the County Council's strategy has focused on 'joint delivery' of family learning programmes; working closely with partners, tutors, school teachers and head teachers to devise programmes that guarantee the opportunity for parents or carers and their children to learn together.
Ofsted also spoke to adult learners to find out how they had been helped by the County Council's family learning courses. Parents and carers told Inspectors that the courses had been 'life-changing'. In one case, a learner explained how it had helped her to achieve her ambition to become a nurse, something she had previously dismissed because she did not have a GCSE in mathematics.
Councillor Keith Mans, Executive Lead Member for Children's Services at Hampshire County Council, commented: "This is excellent news. I am really pleased that the adult community learning work that we lead in Hampshire has been recognised nationally and my congratulations go to all those at the County Council, and our partners, that work so hard to ensure high standards are both set and met.
"The benefits from the joint learning experience are manifold. Crucially, family learning programmes can contribute to improvements in children's educational attainment and, at the same time, adults' job prospects can broadened as well. This area of work is also a very good example of how we are fulfilling our strategic aims to improve health and wellbeing for all and to promote economic prosperity in Hampshire. Well done to all involved, including the learners. This collaborative approach, clearly, has been the key to success."
The County Council invests £1.7 million in Adult Community Learning and currently is working with 13 partners to deliver learning programmes to 4,440 adults.
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