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Ofsted Delight

Sefton Community Learning Service is celebrating its latest Ofsted report.

The Sefton Council run service offers a diverse range of high quality courses for Sefton residents aged 19 and above that are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Association (ESFA).

Following an Ofsted inspection, the service is now a Grade 2 (Good) provider in all four areas of Ofsted’s common inspection framework; Quality of Teaching Learning and Assessment, Outcomes for Learners, Leadership & Management, Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare.

Courses are run at more than 30 venues throughout the borough and are developed in response to the needs of Sefton residents to improve their prospects and raise achievement in the wider community.

Courses range from non-qualification courses for beginners up to accredited Level 2 qualification courses. Courses include English and Maths, ESOL, Employability, Family Learning, Leisure, Health and Well-being, Horticulture, Hospitality and Catering, Food hygiene, Hair and Beauty and many more.

Ofsted defined the service as a good adult education provider that has ‘highly effective relationships with a range of partners ensuring the service meets the needs of the community’.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by the Service and I would like to thank everyone who played a part in the successful outcome.

“Ensuring and encouraging further education opportunities for adults is key to enhancing skills for residents across the whole of the borough. It is also an important part of our growth agenda and by developing skills for local residents it helps provide opportunities when they are applying for jobs.

“The service offers so much and if you are looking to learn something new and develop your skills, you can easily find a course to suit you.”

 The full report will be posted on the Ofsted website and for further details on Sefton Community Learning Service visit