Adult and community learning in Kirklees has been given the stamp of approval by education watchdog Ofsted

A detailed inspection of the services we manage found that they were ‘good’ in every respect.

We provide adult learning programmes with the aim of supporting people to aspire and achieve and gain greater independence. Courses focus on personal development, volunteering, family learning and digital inclusion, which helps people to use digital devices such as computers and smart phones.

What did Ofsted find?

Ofsted found that adult and community learning in Kirklees was boosting people’s confidence and resilience, helping many learners to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Inspectors also highlighted that learners:

  • enjoy an inclusive environment
  • develop a broad range of personal and social skills
  • gain greater independence
  • develop new knowledge, skills and behaviours
  • develop a better understanding of the world in which they live and are able to play a more active role in society

The courses are delivered by eight local groups who are overseen by the council.

Cllr Carole Pattison, Cabinet member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said:

“Adult learning changes lives, so we are delighted to have such excellent standards here in Kirklees. Ofsted have seen that our goal is to raise aspirations, especially in disadvantaged communities, and to promote lifelong learning.

We want people to value learning throughout their lives and we aim to make education accessible to local people so that they find new opportunities. As well as gaining new skills, many learners benefit from increased self-esteem and a better quality of life.”

Cllr Peter McBride, Cabinet member for Regeneration, said:

“We know from experience that a lot of people who access adult and community learning go on to make a difference in their local community. They take pride in their learning and are very well supported to achieve their goals.

We work closely with the local organisations who run our adult learning courses and I want to thank them for their commitment. They are contributing to a sustainable local economy and helping us to improve lives across Kirklees.”

Who delivers the courses?

Courses are delivered by Crosland Moor Community Learning Centre, Fusion Housing Kirklees Ltd, Kirklees Success Centre, Paddock Community Trust, Proper Job Theatre Company, S&H Training and Development (UK) Ltd, The Workers’ Educational Association and Sport Works Yorkshire Ltd.

More information

The Ofsted inspection took place under the new Education Inspection Framework. More information about adult and community learning can be found on our website.


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