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LifeSkills awarded Grade 2 from Ofsted

Leading Learning Provider LifeSkills achieved a clean sweep of Grade 2 (Good) awards at their recent inspection. They received ‘Good’ in Teaching and Learning, Leadership and Management, Maths and English, Outcomes for Learners, Study Programme, Business and Retail.

LifeSkills were also recognised as giving ‘outstanding’ care and support, advice and guidance for learners.

Managing Director Spencer Fearn said “since our inspection in 2012, we have made tremendous strides in improving the quality of our training delivery to meet the revised and more rigorous inspection framework. We have seen improvements across the board as a business and 95% of learners gave positive feedback to Ofsted on their experience at LifeSkills, which we are delighted with”.

“The positive results from the inspection are testament to the wonderful staff we have working within LifeSkills, it clearly shows how committed we all are in aiming to give each learner who comes to our centres the best possible learning experience”.

The full report can be seen at – and some of the comments from the report are listed below.

• English and mathematics are contextualised into all aspects of teaching, learning and training across all programmes, ensuring learners gain an appropriate understanding of these subjects and their importance in the workplace. First-time pass rates for these functional skills are high.

• The particularly good pastoral and welfare support, especially for vulnerable learners, ensures they can overcome their barriers to learning and successfully complete their training.

• Comprehensive safeguarding records accurately detail concerns about learners, providing good accounts of all interventions and resolutions, enabling staff to provide appropriate help and support and ensuring that senior staff are aware of learners at risk.

• Success rates for functional skills English and mathematics programmes are high. The rate of progression from entry level 3 to level 1 within the year is particularly good. First-time pass rates are very good

• Attendance and retention on study programmes are good. The vast majority of these learners who complete their programmes progress directly into employment or further study. Several learners have progressed on to apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeships.

• Teaching, learning and assessment are good and have made a significant contribution to the successful achievement of apprentices and learners on study programmes. All learners benefit from good pastoral and academic support from committed and motivated learning advisers and tutors. Learners are safe, highly motivated and enjoy their training.

• Staff promptly and accurately identify learners who require extra help. The good additional support for welfare and pastoral concerns is purposeful and enables learners to receive help for their problems and so succeed in their training.

• Learners systematically improve their English and mathematics, with very useful and relevant examples used to emphasise their importance in their training activities.

“I couldn't afford to be in full-time training, so learning on the job was a real bonus. It's really improved my prospects and the qualification looks great on my CV. I'll certainly be looking to do more training like this in the future.”