Oldham Council’s Lifelong Learning Service has been officially rated ‘outstanding’ across the board – for the second time.
Ofsted awarded top marks, meaning the service has maintained the excellent levels it attained from its last inspection in 2009.
The service offers a diverse range of part-time courses for adults, helping learners to develop confidence, creativity, knowledge and skills and achieve qualifications which improve their employment prospects in the local job market.
The staff deliver courses across local venues, including Lifelong Learning Centres, schools, children’s centres, libraries and other community facilities.
Ofsted’s report highlighted the achievements of learners, with success rates being much higher than the national average.
They also praised the development of employability skills and the overall provision, including the creation of an environment where learners feel welcome, safe and valued.
Inspectors also noted the quality of provision, outstanding engagement with disadvantaged learners and the strength of leadership, management and governance.
Councillor Shoab Akhtar, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “This report is a great endorsement of our Lifelong Learning Service.”