Yesterday OFSTED reported on its recent inspection of Bromley’s Community Learning & Skills (Adult Education) provision.
The previous inspection in 2015 had given the service an overall rating of “requires improvement”, but with a “good” rating for quality of teaching, learning and assessment.
In this year’s inspection report, all aspects inspected are now deemed to be “requires improvement”, and the report is prefaced with the rather damning comment:
“Leaders and managers have been slow to address several issues from the previous inspection”.
The report’s summary also states that
“teaching on courses in English for speakers of other languages is not consistently good and learners make slower than expected progress”.
Cllr Angela Wilkins (Leader, Labour Group) said:
“This is the third inspection that Bromley Council have failed in the last two years. First it was the Youth Offenders Service, then Children’s Services and now it’s Adult Education. There is a common theme in these reports – poor leadership and ineffective management – the very thing the senior councillors are responsible for.
In all of this my biggest concern is for the people the council should be helping and supporting. They are quite simply being let down. Meanwhile, our council tax goes up every year, so ‘pay more, get less’ seems to be all the Tories here are offering us and quite frankly it’s not good enough.”
Press release by Angela Wilkins – Labour Group Leader, Bromley Council