Lancashire Adult Learning has been named as the winner of the Adult Community Learning Provider of the Year in the prestigious national Tes FE Awards.
LAL picked up the coveted title during a glittering ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Friday night, having been shortlisted as a finalist alongside seven other education providers. Associate Principal Tracey Baron and Head of Curriculum Karen Wignall proudly collected the prize on the night.
The black-tie finale was hosted by comic and actor Alan Davies, and more than 800 attendees celebrated and showcased the most exciting ideas, the best practice and the most inspiring teaching and leadership to be found in the further education sector.
Lancashire Adult Learning’s nomination impressed the judges who said: “In terms of skilling, scope and reach, this entry just stands out. It really is amazing what they have managed to do.”
Included within LAL’s nomination and key to its success was the organisation’s work within communities across Lancashire to develop and grow local community and strategic partnerships. These enable LAL to respond to a wide range of community needs and develop an innovative, tailored and community-focused curriculum aligned to local, regional and national priorities, for example, working with 2,400 employability learners with strategic partners in the Department for Work and Pensions and Lancashire County Council.
Also forming part of the nomination was the vital work by LAL’s specialist Community Learning Development Officers who work with over 200 partners to take learning where it’s needed most, re-engaging the most isolated and vulnerable people in society in education in an environment where they feel safe.
Outcomes for learners was also an important factor in LAL’s success, including 96% of parents attending LAL’s wider family learning courses saying that their children’s behaviour had improved as they could provide better support at home, and 99% of parents attending LAL’s family English and Maths classes saying that they were able to play a greater part in their children’s education and attainment.
Tracey Baron said: “I was absolutely delighted alongside Karen to receive the award on behalf of Lancashire Adult Learning as the winner of the TES FE Award for Adult and Community Learning Provider of the Year. It was a fabulous evening celebrating the very best achievements in the education sector and it was an honour and a privilege to be announced as one of the winners.
“This award is recognition for the tireless work all of the dedicated leaders, teachers and supporters of LAL, all of whom I’m extremely proud. Their hard work on a daily basis delivers exceptional outcomes for our learners, ensuring positive differences are made to their lives through education.
“Raising aspirations and attainment and improving social mobility is one of LAL’s core objectives and everyone plays a part in the development of the provision. There is a constant desire to improve to make sure the best possible learning opportunities continue to be offered to learners and we continue to make lasting changes and sustainable improvements to the lives of learners across Lancashire.”
As well as its targeted delivery, Lancashire Adult Learning offers a huge range of planned provision across the Red Rose County, from Arts and Crafts to Humanities classes, Languages to Health and Wellbeing sessions and Employability courses.
Lancashire Adult Learning’s new course guide is out in March, and is packed full of courses to help adults across Lancashire learn a new skill, enhance their social life, or develop their career prospects.
For more information about LAL, contact 0333 003 1717 or visit www.lal.ac.uk