Government inspectors praise ‘good’ education levels in Hartlepool

Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton (left) and chairmen of Cleveland Fire Authority Robbie Payne who opened the refurbished Billingham Fire Station
Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton (left) and chairmen of Cleveland Fire Authority Robbie Payne who opened the refurbished Billingham Fire Station

THE positive work being done by an adult education service has been praised by a Government inspection team and warmly welcomed by councillors.

The Hartlepool Adult Education Service (HAES) has been rated “good” in each category by Ofsted inspectors and “good” overall following the inspection in December.

Councillors have praised the work being done at a recent meeting of Hartlepool Borough Council’s regeneration services committee.

A total of five inspectors visited the service for four days, prior to Christmas, and the inspection covered all aspects including the effectiveness of leadership and management, outcomes for learners and the quality of teaching learning and assessment.

All of which were graded as good - to the delight of councillors.

Adult education bosses say Ofsted had challenged the team to make further improvements in a bid to become outstanding.

Maggie Heaps, the learning and skills manager, said: “On the basis of the service moving towards becoming outstanding in future the inspectors noted a number of key points which the service needs to do to improve further.”

They are:

• Improve success rates for learners on accredited programmes.

• Ensure rigorous systems track and monitor all learners’ progress towards achieving targets.

• Ensure actions from observations are “more specific” in identifying how teachers can improve their practice further.

• Improve the self-assessment process by analysing data on learners’ performance and improve the training and support for tutors.

Labour councillor Kevin Cranney, a regeneration services committee member, said: “It proves just what an excellent service we have.”

Labour councillor Robbie Payne, who chairs the committee, said: “This is a very good report.

“Ofsted have clearly done their homework and please pass on my congratulations to the department.”

Meanwhile, the finance and policy committee has recently agreed plans to renew the lease on Victoria Buildings, in Tower Street, Hartlepool, the base of the Adult Education Service.

Officers said they had carried out a full appraisal of all council-owned buildings and there was currently no suitable buildings with “enough capacity, standard of accommodation and appropriate location” to fulfil the delivery of the service.

It was therefore proposed, and agreed, that the council renew the lease on the Victoria Buildings for a five-year period. The building is in the heart of the proposed innovation and skills quarter in the centre of Hartlepool.