Learners and staff at Tees Achieve have plenty to celebrate.
The Council’s Adult Education Service has been rated “good” by Ofsted.
When inspectors visited Tees Achieve last month they found “skilled and enthusiastic” tutors providing “interesting and often stimulating” lessons and that “a good proportion of learners have progressed to paid employment.”
The inspectors report rated the service “good” in all aspects and “outstanding” in the overall effectiveness of community learning.
It also stated that “teaching, learning and assessment are good with some outstanding features and that tutors inspire and challenge learners to achieve and progress well.”
Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health, Councillor Jim Beall, said: “We are really pleased with the outcome and I would like to congratulate all of the staff for their hard work and dedication.
“I’m particularly pleased to see the inspectors recognised the effectiveness of our community learning programmes as outstanding and acknowledged many of our learners gain the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment.
“We want to support our residents in achieving their ambitions and aspirations. This is why the courses offered through Tees Achieve give people of all ages the opportunity to try new things - whether it be to improve their employability prospects, for career development, to explore self-employment opportunities or simply for pleasure.
“However, we are not going to rest on our laurels – we now want to do all we can to make Tees Achieve an “outstanding” Adult Learning Service in all aspects.
“It is excellent that Stockton has such a strong network of providers offering adult learning courses. With Stockton Sixth Form College, Stockton Riverside recently receiving “good” Ofsted reports too, residents wanting to up skill or try something new are spoilt for choice.”
Ofsted offered a small number of suggested improvements to help Tees Achieve progress to outstanding which included taking quick action when learners are at risk of slow progress and making better use of Information and Learning technology.
For more information about Tees Achieve and the learning opportunities available visit www.stockton.gov.uk/teesachieve or call (01642) 527904