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Community learning and skills service rated good by Ofsted

The adult community learning and skills service (CLASS) is provided by Slough Borough Council to adults in Slough and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

The latest Ofsted inspection, which took place in November, has shown that the service is making great strides in the education of adults in the borough, including helping students move into employment with the knowledge and skills they develop. In particular the collaborative way, that staff work with the community to ensure that the education provided meets the needs of the local residents was praised. 

Ofsted rated all areas of the service as “good”, and this is a significant improvement from the service being rated as “requires improvement” in 2016. 

Councillor Christine Hulme, cabinet member for children’s services, lifelong learning & skills, said: “This is a fantastic rating for the excellent adult community learning and skills service the council runs for residents of both Slough and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, who have taught 1,875 students in the last 12 months. 

“The students come from a wide variety of backgrounds with many making their first steps back into education after childhood, updating their computer skills so they can help their children, and learning English to help them into employment. For some, the reward of a qualification is a celebration for their family not just the learner.

“The inspector has mentioned the calm and friendly learning environment created for students and how their confidence and resilience is increased. It’s great to see the level of teaching is praised as well as the positive approach students have towards their studies. Thank you very much to all our hard-working staff and students and this rating is recognition of all of their continued efforts.”

Published: 14 January 2022