Adult education

  1. Kent adult education centres close for lockdown

    Dartford education centre

    A number of adult education centres will close as new lockdown rules come into force.

    Kent Adult Education, which runs almost 4,000 courses across the county, said learning will be moved online.

    In a statement on its website, the organisation said: “In light of the government's recent announcement regarding the national lockdown, we have made the decision to close our adult education centres, at close of business on 5 January 2021.”

    Kent Adult Education, which has 14 centres, said its goal was that as many people as possible complete their programme of study.

    The statement added: “In the case of GCSEs, we will be guided by national advice. For other qualifications such as Functional Skills in English and maths, we are currently exploring ways in which learners will be able to sit their exam in an appropriate setting.

    "We will be providing details of how this can happen in the near future.”

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    Video caption: Shildon man speaks of everyday battle with literacy

    John MacMurray is one of thousands of people who struggle to read and write.

  3. Man helped to find job after barely speaking for six years

    Janine Jansen

    BBC Spotlight

    A man who barely spoke for six years after being bullied at school is now working at Bovey Castle.

    Aaron Darcy, 21, from Torquay, became selectively mute, talking only to his parents and only within the confines of his home.

    He started to speak more freely again after getting help from an adult education provider called Eat That Frog.

    The service helps young people with special needs to get jobs in the local community.

    Bovey Castle has taken on two students so far and says it wants to take on more.

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    Video caption: Man helped to find job after not talking for six years
  4. Adult education in West Sussex gets good report

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    The adult education service, which provides courses for around 6,500 learners in West Sussex, has achieved a ‘good’ report from Ofsted.

    At a previous inspection in November 2015, the adult education service was deemed inadequate. 

    But this time around Ofsted inspectors praised the overall effectiveness of the service, concluding it is ‘a good provider’.

    Categories that received a ‘good’ rating during the inspection include:

    •         Effectiveness of leadership and management •         Quality of teaching, learning and assessment •         Personal development, behaviour and welfare •         Outcomes for learners •         Adult learning programmes