The personal development of Adult Education Wolverhampton students is Outstanding according to Ofsted – with inspectors saying learners "make good progress towards their future goals".

Ofsted inspected the service, which offers a wide range of high quality academic and community learning courses across Wolverhampton, between 26 and 29 November. 

Inspectors found Adult Education Wolverhampton's students receive "high quality information, advice and guidance", enabling them to make informed choices "from a broad range of courses to help equip them for their intended next steps".

They "benefit from good teaching and well resourced facilities within a calm, safe and positive learning environment" and from extra help outside of their sessions. They "enjoy their programmes and improve their confidence", work well together and are "respectful of each other and their cultural heritage". 

Service leaders have a "well informed understanding of city and regional priorities" and have developed a curriculum which closely meets these needs, for example offering a range of English language support programmes as well as family learning sessions to improve children’s attainment and community cohesion.

They have a "clear strategy" to develop learners’ skills for employment, prepare them for further education and engage people from more deprived communities. This clarity "informs very thorough information, advice and guidance for learners", meaning the vast majority of learners enrol on the right course for their intended next steps. 

Teachers "plan and order the curriculum effectively", enabling learners to "build the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need". As a result, the large majority of Adult Education Wolverhampton students pass their qualifications and achieve their goals.

Staff provide a wide range of activities outside the requirements of the programmes to support the personal and social development of their learners, and participation in community based activities is high - for instance, learners on English for Speakers of Other Languages programmes have become volunteers and support others to improve their English language skills.

Teachers "know their learners very well" and use their subject expertise well to teach lessons that "engage learners and deepen their understanding". As a result, learners "make good progress towards their future goals". 

Safeguarding is effective, and leaders also give "high priority" to the health and well being of both learners and staff.  

Overall, inspectors found personal development to be Outstanding, with the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, leadership and management and adult learning programmes all judged to be Good. 

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "This is an absolutely wonderful report which shows the great care, compassion and dedication of the Adult Education Wolverhampton and its staff to the improvement of people in our city. 

"This report was conducted under Ofsted's newer, tougher framework, and to be judged Good with Outstanding elements is testament to the very high quality of the service.

"Particularly pleasing is the fact that inspectors found that so many learners with Adult Education Wolverhampton, many of whom are from some of the city's most deprived communities, are able to pass their qualifications and achieve their goals."

Adult Education Wolverhampton offers a wide range of high quality academic and informal courses across the city, whether people want to develop new skills or simply learn for pleasure.

There are courses to help people train for a specific job or career and get on the fast track to university. Other courses can help learners brush up on their English and Maths skills or build personal confidence. Many courses are free to participants or are available at a reduced rate, depending on the course and the individual's circumstances.

For more information, please visit Adult Education Wolverhampton or call 01902 558180.