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Ofsted Watch: Encouraging week for adult and community learning providers

A strong week for adult and community learning providers saw three climb up from ‘requires improvement’ ratings. Slough Pitstop Project Limited was rated ‘good’ overall by Ofsted. Inspectors recognised that “leaders, managers and trustees set a clear direction for the charity”, and “welcome all learners to their courses, which benefits the local community”. It was noted that as a consequence of attending, learners “improve their confidence and behaviour, they learn to value education and become more self-assured”. The project, which is also known as ‘the Gateway’, delivers programmes with the aim of engaging and motivating disadvantaged young people. They work with those not in education, employment or training (NEET) to equip them “with the confidence and skills to succeed in life”. Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council also went up a grade to ‘good’ overall. This service provides courses in English, mathematics, family learning, English for speakers of other languages, basic digital skills, employability and wellbeing. The courses range from pre-entry to level two. Leaders and managers have redesigned the provision effectively to primarily improve the life chances of the disadvantaged communities in the Wirral “Leaders and managers have redesigned the provision effectively to primarily improve the life chances of the disadvantaged...

Financial warning notice for UTC found to owe government £500k

A university technical college which was found to have owed the government over half a million pounds after it overestimated its pupil numbers has been served with a financial notice to improve because it failed to produce a balanced budget or submit its audited accounts on time. UTC@Harbourside, a specialist marine engineering college in East Sussex, has been criticised for its “weak financial position” and “governance and oversight of financial management”, and had requested financial support from the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Its trust has now been ordered to identify savings and create a recovery plan to show that no further funding will be needed after 2018-19, and demonstrate that it will be able to create a balanced budget by 2019-20. The UTC was left owing the government £562,762 in pupil number adjustment funding after missing its recruitment targets last year. The recovery plan must also include a full repayment of this money and any advances received by 2018-19. The UTC has been told it must be able to demonstrate “pupil growth at a realistic rate supported by evidence such as local demographics or feeder school knowledge”. It must also submit its audited financial statements for 2016-17 and 2017-18...