It's been a busy period since HAFLS were visited by Ofsted back in June.
The full report from the visit is available on the Ofsted website, with the report praising several areas of HAFLS working practices, as well as recognising the continual improvement seen since the last inspection in 2012.
The report highlighted how the opportunities provided by HAFLS were hugely beneficial to Hertfordshire residents stating:
“The courses and programmes HAFLS offer enable learners who are furthest away from the labour market, and those at risk from marginalisation in society, to gain skills, confidence and qualifications to enhance their chances of gaining employment.”
Ofsted were impressed that since the last inspection, leaders and managers have put in place comprehensive procedures to ensure a high standard of teaching, learning and assessment.
Attention in the report was drawn to the effective implementation of study programmes, which may include work experience placements specifically for 16-19 year olds, who have not previously accessed education or employment, as well as those with complex personal challenges. It was noted that these learners make good progress in their main vocational qualifications, as well as enhancing their personal, social and work related skills effectively.
Inspectors referred to the close ties HAFLS builds with charitable organisations and local community centres, specifically with those supporting individuals with mental health difficulties and the homeless. In partnership HAFLS have developed new programmes that enable learners with complex barriers to develop good personal, social and work-related skills.
The effectiveness of safeguarding within HAFLS was also described as “robust and highly effective”, with staff ensuring the safety of their learners and the learners themselves commenting that they felt safe and well informed.
Director of Adult Care Services, Iain MacBeath said:
“The feedback received from Ofsted and news of being awarded a Good status, underlines our clear vision and commitment to provide excellent, community based lifelong learning opportunities for everyone in the county.”
“By undertaking a course with HAFLS, a high proportion of learners enhance their confidence levels; and it’s often this increase to their confidence that enables them to take the next step into further study or employment. It’s fantastic that HAFLS efforts to support adult learners have been recognised by Ofsted“.