Posted: Friday 11th August 2017
Following an Ofsted inspection of Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service (HAFLS) in June, HAFLS have successfully retained the status of Good provider.
With funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency; and therefore subject to Ofsted inspections, HAFLS exists to provide enjoyable learning experiences for over 6,000 individuals across Hertfordshire each year.
The Ofsted report praised several areas of HAFLS working practices, as well as recognising the continual improvement seen since the last inspection in 2012. The report also highlighted how the opportunities provided by HAFLS were hugely beneficial to Hertfordshire residents stating, “The courses and programmes HAFLS offer enable learners who are furthest away from the labour market, and those at risk from marginalisation in society, to gain skills, confidence and qualifications to enhance their chances of gaining employment.”
Director of Adult Care Services, Iain MacBeath said: “The feedback received from Ofsted and news of being awarded a Good status, underlines our clear vision and commitment to provide excellent, community based lifelong learning opportunities for everyone in the county.”
Ofsted were impressed that since the last inspection, leaders and managers have put in place comprehensive procedures to ensure a high standard of teaching, learning and assessment.
Attention in the report was drawn to the effective implementation of study programmes which may include work experience placements specifically for 16-19 year olds, who have not previously accessed education or employment, as well as those with complex personal challenges. It was noted that these learners make good progress in their main vocational qualifications, as well as enhancing their personal, social and work related skills effectively.
Inspectors referred to the close ties HAFLS builds with charitable organisations and local community centres, specifically for those supporting individuals with mental health difficulties and the homeless. In partnership HAFLS have developed new programmes that enable learners with complex barriers to develop good personal, social and work-related skills. The effectiveness of safeguarding within HAFLS was also described as “robust and highly effective”, with staff ensuring the safety of their learners and the learners themselves commenting that they felt safe and well informed.
Iain MacBeath continued:“By undertaking a course with HAFLS, a high proportion of learners enhance their confidence levels; and it’s often this increase to their confidence that enables them to take the next step into further study or employment. It’s fantastic that HAFLS efforts to support adult learners have been recognised by Ofsted.
"As an organisation, HAFLS provides enjoyable learning experiences for over 6,000 individuals across Hertfordshire each year."
To read the Ofsted report in full visit: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/50133 and for more information about HAFLS and the courses on offer visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/hafls, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01992 556194.