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Provider: Adult Learning Wales

Level of follow-up: Estyn review

Removed: June 2021

Adult Learning Wales was inspected in January 2019 and placed in Estyn review. The provider was removed from the list of providers requiring Estyn review in June 2021, following a desk-based review of evidence on progress made since the inspection.

Following the core inspection, the provider responded swiftly to the recommendations contained in the inspection report by widening the participation of staff and external partners in self-evaluation processes and improvement planning. Leaders also implemented a range of initiatives to improve the ways in which tutors shared good practice and resources across the organisation. These included improvements to online resource areas and the introduction of lead tutor roles.

Leaders gave particular attention to improving the quality of information and guidance relating to supporting learners with additional learning needs (ALN) and to ensuring that all staff received appropriate training on ALN. For example, staff now make good use of clear flow-charts that provide tutors with an easy reference tool to help them understand how and when to apply for help for self-referring and identified learners requiring ALN support. This helped to improve access to additional learning support. Tutors also benefited from useful training to help them identify learners with ALN and to adapt their teaching approaches to provide more effective support.