LifeSkills were awarded an overall ‘Good’ grading in their June 2016 inspection

  • Overall effectiveness – Good
  • Effectiveness of leadership and management – Good
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment – Good
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare – Good
  • Outcomes for learners – Good
  • 16 to 19 study programmes – Good
  • Apprenticeships – Good

Ofsted made the following comments about LifeSkills:

  • The large majority of learners achieve their qualifications and trainees progress well to further study, apprenticeships or work.
  • A high proportion of study programme learners achieve their functional skills qualifications at the first attempt.
  • Teachers have good subject knowledge which they use well to help learners and apprentices develop good practical skills to industry standard.
  • Staff provide good pastoral and educational support for learners to overcome personal difficulties that may become barriers to learning.
  • Learners receive good impartial advice and guidance about the options available to them.
  • Apprentices develop good work-related skills which are valued by employers.
  • Senior leaders and managers extend the aspirations, progression opportunities and employability of trainees, learners and apprentices.
  • Senior leaders, managers and staff work closely with local and regional employers, partners and learners to ensure that learning programmes meet employers’ business priorities and the expectations of learners.

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