Lancashire Adult Learning has been praised for the positive impact of its community learning provision and its partnership work, after a Department for Education visit.
Charlotte Piper, who leads on Community Learning policy at the Department, enjoyed a working lunch at LAL’s state-of-the-art learning facility at Northlight in Brierfield. There, she met with LAL’s Leadership Team and staff, school partners including the headteachers of Lord Street Primary School in Colne, Briercliffe Primary School in Burnley and Pendle Primary Academy in Brierfield, and employer partners including the Department for Work and Pensions.
She also had the time to see the delivery of LAL’s learning in community venues, including a Work Club at the job centre in Skelmersdale where learners are supported to develop important employability skills and the Lancashire Lifesavers programme at Skelmersdale Ecumenical Centre.
Charlotte also visited an ICT Functional Skills session at Thursby Gardens in Burnley, a Functional Skills Maths class at Northlight and a language development Family Learning course with Reception children and parents at St Mary Magdalene’s Primary School in Accrington.
Head of Adult and Community Learning (Recruitment and Partnerships) at LAL, Nicola Hall, said: “I would like to thank Charlotte for visiting Northlight to meet with our staff and valued partners, but also for taking the time to see and understand our adult community learning provision in action out in community venues. This is delivering real and positive impact to the lives of people across Lancashire.
“LAL’s adult community learning provision is absolutely essential to maintaining skills development and progression towards further education, voluntary work or employment, and we as an education provider remain committed to raising and supporting aspirations, providing social mobility and an essential talent pool for the local, regional and national economy.
“Thank you also to our partner organisations and school partners who took the time to attend Northlight or invite us through their doors on the day. This was a great chance for everybody involved with LAL and adult community learning to raise the importance of education and training in improving people’s lives.”
Charlotte said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Lancashire Adult Learning and was bowled over by the enthusiasm and passion the team at LAL have to improve lives through education and adult community learning.
“I was also extremely impressed by LAL’s innovative ideas and vision for the adult and community learning landscape.
“I’m taking away with me the positive impact of working in partnership that LAL enjoys – in particular the partnership work LAL carries out through Family Learning in schools and employability provision within the job centres – and tailoring local provision so that it meets local needs, and the benefits this has on the aspirations and progression of learners.”
One of the schools that has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with LAL is Pendle Primary Academy. Headteacher Simon Thompson said: “The partnership with Lancashire Adult Learning has been wonderful and has had a profoundly positive impact – very much to the benefit of the school – as parents are more engaged with their children’s learning.
“Through Family Learning and ESOL courses, our parents have been better able to support their children at home with homework, but the courses delivered have also had a twofold effect with parents seeing their aspirations rise and their horizons expand as their confidence grows through learning, and consequently children are leaving our school with better attainment and aspirations themselves.”
In February, Lancashire Adult Learning was named as the national Adult and Community Learning Provider of the Year winner at the Tes FE Awards.
As well as its targeted delivery and partnership work, 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 Functional Skills English and Maths and Employability courses.
For more information about LAL, contact 0333 003 1717 or visit www.lal.ac.uk