Top of the class

The council’s community learning service has passed an internationally recognised assessment which recognises the standard of adult guidance on offer.

The Community Learning and Skills Service (CLASS) is provided by the council to adults in Slough and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

This week they have passed the assessment for continuing to provide Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) to the Matrix standard. This is the Department for Education’s standard for ensuring the quality of the delivery of information, advice and guidance given to adults. 

CLASS provides qualifications to adults and the adult guidance is given to support them to progress into work or further education.

This positive news comes after a ‘Good’ rating of the CLASS service, following an Ofsted inspection at the end of last year. 

Councillor Christine Hulme, cabinet member for children’s services, lifelong learning and skills, said: “This is another brilliant achievement for the CLASS service which really shows the quality of learning on offer. One of the really good parts of the assessment feedback was the positive message from learners about the information and guidance they receive. Another was the praise for the ‘passion’ that staff have for supporting their learners.

“Residents can find all sorts of courses to suit their needs and interests, so I would encourage them to find out more. As the council moves to more online and digital communications with residents, I urge those residents that are not confident in computer/digital skills to sign up to one of our IT courses.”

To find out more about the CLASS service, visit the council’s website.


Published: 17 March 2022