Merton Adult Learning rated Good by Ofsted

Councillor Eleanor Stringer Ofsted report

Merton Council’s adult learning service has been given a set of Good marks by Ofsted inspectors.

Merton Adult Learning offers a range of community courses, as well as opportunities to study for qualifications and specific programmes for people with learning difficulties or disabilities.

In their report, published today, Ofsted wrote that tutors are experienced, knowledgeable and well-qualified in their subjects and have high expectations for their learners. They noted that tutors create a nurturing culture for those they are teaching, who arrive on time, ready to learn and keenly take part in their classes.

The report said: “Learners gain a range of benefits from their courses. They enjoy the subjects they study. Those facing social isolation build their self-confidence and form new friendships while they study. Learners are taught valuable skills that help increase their self-esteem and play a more active role in the community.”

Following their four-day inspection in October, the inspectors also praised high quality community venues, attendance rates and the well-planned curriculum.

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Education, Councillor Eleanor Stringer, said: “Our adult learning service reaches over 2,000 adults, including people with learning disabilities and those studying for English and Maths GCSEs, as well as those who just want to learn new skills. Ofsted’s inspection judgement that Merton Adult Learning is a Good service reflects the hard work of tutors and learners from across the borough.

“Education should be a lifelong activity. It can be a big step for many adults to decide to return to education but learning a new skill or taking up a hobby as a adult can benefit learners in a range of ways, from developing their employment prospects to becoming more independent and making new friends.”

Merton Adult Learning is currently enrolling for courses starting in January. Find out more on their website.

Read the full Ofsted report.