Inspection Results - Buckinghamshire Adult Learning

Inspection Results

Inspection Results, Awards and Surveys

OFSTED Inspection

During November 2015 we completed a full inspection by Ofsted and received an overall grade of ‘good’, with each of the six contributory grades (including Leadership and Management; Teaching, Learning and Assessment; Outcomes for Learners, and Personal Development, Behaviours and Well-being) also being rated as ‘good’.

The main focus of the inspection was the impact adult learning has on their learners, and some of the key points from the report were:

  • Overwhelmingly, learners are positive about their learning and take much pride in their progress. Most learners develop high levels of confidence and self-belief in their own achievements.
  • Standards of learners’ work are at least good and in many cases outstanding. For example, on leisure courses, learners produce artefacts of intricacy and beauty that often exceed their initial aspirations and expectations. Language learners develop good communication skills and increase their confidence.
  • Learners benefit greatly from good quality teaching, learning and assessment that motivate and develop their skills beyond their initial expectations.
  • Learners gain great satisfaction from attending lessons in a friendly and respectful environment that ensures that they all have equal opportunities to contribute and grow.
  • Tutors are well qualified and experienced; they ensure that lessons are lively and engaging and that learners participate enthusiastically.

Please visit the OFSTED website for the full report or read it here: BALOfstedReport2015.pdf

Employer Satisfaction Survey

Buckinghamshire Adult Learning was ranked 6th out of 37 local authority training providers in the Employer Satisfaction survey conducted by the Skills Funding Agency in 2016/17. 76 employers with whom we were working responded and we scored 90.5% overall, in particular scoring 12% above the national average on the following questions:

‘Would you recommend this provider to another employer?’ 92%

‘How satisfied were you with the overall quality of training?’ 90%

The full results of the survey can be found here:


In June 2016 we were successfully reassessed against the Matrix Standard, which is the national quality standard for educational organisations that deliver information, advice and guidance. We received our accreditation, which lasts for three years, for providing a high quality service to our learners. The Matrix assessor was extremely positive about the service and was particularly impressed by the passion and creativity of tutors and the commitment of all staff to making a difference, which was described as outstanding.

The Matrix report concludes that: “Buckinghamshire Adult Learning has demonstrated its commitment to providing outstanding support for its learners throughout their learning journey.”

In order for us to retain our Matrix standard in between visits, we are required to provide evidence annually that we are acting on the Matrix assessor’s recommendations. Our year one continuous improvement report has been submitted and  approved. Mike Yule, our assessor, described it as follows: “ As usual, a comprehensive response with loads of interesting initiatives”.

The initiatives to which he is referring include: our new website; increased use of social media to publicise our offer and the new ‘What has Adult Learning done for you?’ survey which seeks to evidence the wider benefits of learning, including development of personal and social skills and positive impact on health and well-being.