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: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/fe-choices-employer-satisfaction-survey-2015-to-2016
In June 2019 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 focus on continuous quality improvement.
The Matrix report concludes that: “The overall impression from this Accreditation Review is of an organisation that is highly focused upon raising standards and achievements, with quality IAG support central to each and every learner. The full range of delivery staff continually demonstrated IAG practices that are reaching out, motivating and equipping the diverse communities of Buckinghamshire with enhanced life chances and a talent pipeline of individuals with the skills, behaviours and confidence to enable progression into jobs and careers.”