Thumbs up from inspectors


Published 31 March 2015


The Welsh education inspectorate Estyn have reported today that adult community learning in the Vale is in good shape.


The inspectors judged that the quality of teaching and learning in the sample of sessions observed was rated ‘good’, and learners across the partnership achieved a success rate of 80% which was a significant rise of 12% from the previous year.


The proportion of learners taking accredited courses has also increased, and learners on accredited course are succeeding at higher rates.


Following a critical inspection in 2013 adult community learning in the Vale is now provided through a partnership that includes Cardiff and Vale College, Cardiff Council, Welsh for Adults, WEA and the YMCA.


The inspectors reviewed progress across the partnership against the six recommendations made in 2013 and concluded that very good or strong progress has been made against each of the recommendations. Estyn have therefore removed the partnership from any further follow up activity.


Jennifer Hill, Director of Learning and Skills commented: “We were very pleased indeed that Estyn recognised that the partnership has a clear focus on raising learners’ standards of achievement.


“Adult learners in the Vale have responded very positively to all the recent changes, and I am grateful to them, our staff and our partners for the improvements that have been made over the last two years.”