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  • 1. Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service
  • 2. Adult Learning and the continuum of learning
    • Higher Education
    • Further Education (Adult Responsiveness Funding- emphasis on employability)
    • Informal Adult and Community Learning (Adult Safeguard Funding- emphasis on engagement and inclusion)
    • Commercial organisations
    • Self organised learning e.g. U3A, Clubs etc
  • 3. ESOL National Strategy
    • Government funding through Adult responsiveness funding and Adult safeguard fund
    • Not free but some limited protection through the learner support fund
    • Focus on employability and the “very hard to reach”
    • Qualifications based
  • 4. Who are we?
    • A service situated within Hertfordshire County Council
    • Contracted by the Skills Funding Agency to deliver informal adult learning opportunities to local communities
  • 5. What do we do?
    • Commission and deliver informal adult and family learning
    • Courses delivered in Community venues/colleges
    • Courses range from 1 to 60 hours
    • Main areas of delivery are ICT, Arts and Preparation for Life and Work (including Family Learning and ESOL)
  • 6. Funding and Targets
    • 2011-12 HAFLS received £2.7 million
    • Target 13,248 learners
    • 15% of the budget for management costs
    • 85% of the budget covers commissioned provision and the direct delivery Family Learning Team
  • 7. Government funded Informal Adult Learning
    • Universal access to learning with funding directed to those who are most in need (fees policy).
    • Residency qualification to access public funding
    • Usually short “engagement” courses
    • Age range 19+ to over 100
  • 8. Government funded Informal Adult Learning
    • Courses contribute to a wide range of government agenda including health and well being, employability, civic engagement, capacity building for local communities
    • Wide definition of progression including employment, other learning, improved physical and mental well being, confidence, volunteering
  • 9. Adult Learning
    • Subcontracted to 21 learning providers
    • 4 Colleges, Voluntary and Community Sector and Libraries
    • 15,208 Enrolments
    • 11,841 Learners
  • 10. Family Learning
    • Support parents to develop their own skills (Literacy, language and numeracy) and the skills to support their children’s learning.
    • Free access to learning for parents and children.
    • Family Language courses for parents for whom English is their second language.
    • 17 Family language courses delivered 2010/11
    • Contextualised Speaking and Listening qualification
  • 11. Who we deliver to….
    • 39% of delivery in the Top 50 most deprived wards in Hertfordshire
    • 16% BME learners
    • 26% are aged over 60
    • 16% are learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities
    • 3.4 % have mental health problems
  • 12. ESOL Provision
    • Family Language
    • Isolated women in Watford
    • Short community courses delivered by the 4 FE colleges
    • Community based engagement courses in Dacorum, Bishops Stortford and Watford delivered by Voluntary and Community Organisations
  • 13. HAFLS ESOL courses 2010-11
    • 498 enrolments on ESOL courses
    • 2.65% of HAFLS subcontracted provision
    • 10% of ESOL enrolments are men
    • 26.6% non white engagement in non-ESOL courses
    • 42% of BME enrolments are on Preparation for Life and Work courses
    • 18% of BME enrolments are on ICT courses
  • 14. Issues for delivery
    • Limited funding
    • Progression
    • Maintaining and improving quality of provision
    • Achievement
    • Family pressures
  • 15. What learners say……
    • Better than cigarettes, anti-depressants and drink!
    • I learnt how to keep safe and keep my partner safe when we are out’
    • Thanks to your help, I got the job I wanted which I could not have done before these lessons
  • 16. Quality- Ofsted
    • Effectiveness of provision
    • Capacity to improve
    • Leadership and Management ( includes Safeguarding and Equality and Diversity)
    • Outcome for Learners
    • Quality of Provision
    • Subject areas
  • 17. Inspection
    • 2-3 weeks notice
    • Lasts a week
    • Learner focused
    • Visits to classes
    • Lesson Observations
    • Interviews with managers, providers, learners
    • Data
  • 18. Grading system
    • Outstanding
    • Good
    • Satisfactory
    • Inadequate
  • 19. Ofsted –November 2008
    • Service graded “satisfactory” overall
    • Family Learning, Equality and Diversity and Capacity to improve graded “Good”
    • “The council’s strategy to develop provision to meet the needs and interests of the most vulnerable communities across Hertfordshire is very effective.”
  • 20. HAFLS Quality Monitoring
    • Reflects Ofsted and SAF requirements
    • Regular Quality monitoring visits
    • Joint lesson observations
    • Desk monitoring (data, enrolment forms, RARPA evidence)
    • Additional data on progression
    • Performance against target including EDIMs
  • 21. Areas covered
    • Safeguarding
    • Quality of teaching and learning ( Teacher qualifications, lesson observation, schemes of work, learner work etc)
    • Learner voice (feedback forms, focus groups)
    • Learner support ( Disability, Literacy, Language, Numeracy needs
  • 22. Current Developments in Informal Adult and Community Learning
    • National Budget protected until 2015(£210m)
    • National Review of Adult Safeguarded Learning as part of the reform of Further Education
    • New Vision for IACL
    • More accountability to local communities
  • 23. Purpose of Government Supported Community Learning
    • Maximise access to community learning for adults, bringing new opportunities and improving lives, whatever people’s circumstances.
    • Promote social renewal by bringing local communities together to experience the joy of learning and the pride that comes with achievement.
    • Maximise the impact of community learning on the social and economic well-being of individuals, families and communities
  • 24. For further information on HAFLS see link below