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ERIC Number: EJ899954
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Not All Learning Is the Same--Inspections Shouldn't Be Either
Hunt, Melanie
Adults Learning, v21 n7 p26-27 Mar 2010
Adult learning is alive in many forms. Whether it is helping to improve literacy and numeracy or to prepare people for returning to work, it is clear that, at its best, adult learning brings considerable value to learners and to the wider community. Individuals, their families and the nation as a whole benefit from enhanced social and technical skills and the confidence fostered by effective adult learning. The challenge for the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) has been to bring in a system of inspection that uses the new common inspection framework effectively and which is aligned with inspection arrangements already established for work-based learning and further education. Under new inspection arrangements for adult and community learning, subject areas will be inspected differently, according to the context and objectives of the learning in question. From the responses of stakeholders, it is clear that the majority support the importance of inspectors making full use of the common inspection framework in judging the different types of outcomes of adult learning. Ofsted has organised a number of training events for inspectors with these key points in mind as well as to ensure the new model presents a more specific evaluation to the provider, providing a clearer picture of the range and purpose of provision offered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom