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Derby Adult Learning Service

2022 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Leaders should ensure that adult learners from all curriculum areas attend their courses at high rates.
  • Leaders should gather data on all learners’ and apprentices’ destinations after they finish their courses to help them inform future curriculum changes.
  • Leaders should ensure that all tutors set learners specific targets to help learners develop the weakest areas of their knowledge.

2016 Full Inspection Report
What does the provider need to do to improve further?
  • Enhance the use of available management information by managers to set precise targets to:
    • consolidate the effectiveness of the career guidance and advice team by offering excellent service to all those who need it
    • secure rapid improvements to the management of the apprenticeship provision.
  • Consolidate the significant improvements in teaching and learning to the highest possible standards by:
    • ensuring that all tutors raise the standards of teaching by sharing good practice within the service, particularly in apprenticeships and English.

2011 Full Inspection Report
What does DALS need to do to improve further
  • Further improve information, advice and guidance to learners by making it available on site in the service’s own centres.
  • Ensure that observers focus on learning and the recording of learners’ attainment in their observations.
  • Meet the learning needs of all learners through better lesson planning and involving them in the delivery of lessons through more interactive activities.

2007 Full Inspection Report
Key areas for improvement
  • Better individual planning and recording of learners’ progress
  • Development of the quality improvement process
  • The complexity of management information systems
  • The focus on equality and diversity at service level
  • Monitoring and communication of action plans to stakeholders
  • The focus of staff training

2005 Re-Inspection Report


2004 Full Inspection Report
Key challenges for Derby LEA
  • improve curriculum management across the provision
  • consolidate quality assurance arrangements
  • use data to monitor and improve performance
  • ensure all accommodation is at least satisfactory
  • improve initial assessment
  • promote equality of opportunity
  • implement the literacy and numeracy strategy

Report Recommendations