The rating of the Isle of Wight Council’s Adult and Community Learning Service has jumped from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’.

However, more needs to be done to improve the recording and monitoring of safeguarding incidents, according to Ofsted.

It follows a visit from the watchdog to the Island in January.

As previously reported by Isle of Wight Radio, the service was rated as ‘requires improvement’ in 2017.

This time round, inspectors have assessed the council-run service as ‘good’ in all areas, as well as in terms of overall effectiveness.

Cabinet member for education and skills, Councillor Paul Brading, said:

“This is excellent news and shows what a well-run and greatly appreciated service this is.

“At its last inspection in October 2017 its overall effectiveness was assessed as ‘requires improvement’, so this is excellent progress and reflects well on those who run the service and its courses and the dedication of the many adults who participate.”

The service offers a range of courses for disadvantaged adults and communities across the Island, with the aim of encouraging social, educational, economic and personal progression for individuals and families.

Areas in which Ofsted rated the service as ‘good’ included the quality of education, personal development and leadership and management.

However, the report says there is still room for improvement in areas including recording progress and achievement in short non-accredited courses, as well as careers advice.

Councillor Brading says he hopes the service will be rated as ‘outstanding’ in the future.