Learning for life brings rewards

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THE 4,000 people who join adult learning classes in Calderdale get a good education, according to Ofsted.

They are helped to gain confidence and self-esteem, and almost all of those who complete their courses achieve their qualifications.

“Leaners also improve their economic wellbeing considerably through increased skills,” said the inspectors.

“Many make good contributions to their communities through paid or voluntary work and have good awareness of the advantages of adopting healthy lifestyles.”

The Ofsted report on Calderdale Adult Learning described the services as good with outstanding achievement in information communications technology teaching.

“Most lessons are well planned and effectively paced, learners feel safe attending lessons and overall retention rates are high.

“Care, guidance and support are good and the service offers good value for money.”

The inspectors graded community development as good and they were particularly impressed with the way the service has forged strong partnerships with other organisations to provide flexible learning, tailored to suit people’s needs.

They also found that many adults were taking courses in order to support their own children’s learning.

“They gain good knowledge of the school curriculum and of teaching and learning methods used,” said inspectors.

Calderdale Council’s education and lifelong learning spokesman Ashley Evans said: “It is particularly encouraging to find that inspectors have recognised the work we are doing with partner organisations to offer a range of learning opportunities for adults.

“Lifelong learning enables people to take control of their lives, so it’s really important that we offer a range of courses and learning options which equip people with the skills and knowledge they need.”

Councillor Evans (Lib-Dem, Warley) said as people grow older, their needs change and the council had to offer learning opportunities which help them to continue to lead full and rewarding lives.