The Isle of Wight Council’s Adult and Community Learning Service, based in Westridge at Ryde, has been rated as Requires Improvement by Ofsted.
It has fallen from good, according to a report published today (Friday).
The service provides a range of courses for adult learners, focusing on providing opportunities for adults from disadvantaged areas, and those wanting to improve their skills and qualifications.
The courses cover health and well-being, adult skills and digital skills and a small number of family learning courses.
Among inspectors’ comments are that “managers’ self-assessment is over-optimistic” and “does not take sufficient account of the weaknesses of the provision”; that the quality of teaching, learning and assessment on English and mathematics courses is not improving quickly enough; that learners do not have a good enough understanding of the dangers of radicalisation and extremism; and that too few learners attend their lessons regularly.
However, Ofsted said managers communicate well and learners improve their social skills and self-confidence. It said family learning courses help parents support their children in all aspects of their learning and behaviours, and this has a significant positive impact on families and school communities.
Isle of Wight Radio has asked the Isle of Wight Council for a comment.