Merton Adult Education wins Ofsted praise

Merton Council has been given a boost following a recent Ofsted inspection of Merton Adult Education (MAE).

Ofsted’s inspection report rates the adult education service as “good” overall and highlights the quality of teaching and the students’ learning environment. Ofsted also reports the staff to be supportive and enthusiastic, and the skills development among the learners to be “rapid”.

Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Peter Walker said: ‘This positive Ofsted report rewards the hard work of both our tutors and learners. Our borough places a high value on education and self-development, and adult education can also play a vital role in getting back into work so there are many positive reasons why we should all be involved in learning.

‘I would in particular like to congratulate the leadership of Yvonne Tomlin, the head of Merton Adult Education. I know that her hard work has transformed adult education in the borough. At present the service has 7,087 students with 154 staff, teaching 591 courses at our three centres, including the newly refurbished centre above Wimbledon Library.’

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Other positive Ofsted feedback on MAE includes that learners enjoy their lessons and gain valuable skills and confidence, particularly those with learning difficulties or disabilities, while service staff create a very supportive and welcoming environment at all centres, which is valued highly by learners.

The venues are at Whatley Avenue, MAE Wimbledon and Canons House in Mitcham. MAE also operates from libraries, children’s centres and other community locations. For more information about Merton Adult Education’s courses, please visit: http://www.maec.ac.uk
For more information on the Ofsted report, please visit: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk