Scilly’s Lifelong Learning Praised By Ofsted

Lifelong Learning at Carn Thomas

Lifelong Learning at Carn Thomas

The Council’s Lifelong Learning department has been highlighted by Ofsted as an example of best practice in using technology to cut down on travel.

The Carn Thomas-based staff use the online webcam and chat software Skype for discussion between partners around the West Country.

Staff embraced the technology after a 2008 inspection found arrangements for monitoring courses were insufficient. Since then, other Lifelong Learning partners have been used to help assess the quality of local lessons.

And in their most recent inspection, the service was rated as ‘good.’

Chairman of the Council’s Community Service Committee, Richard McCarthy, says it’s particularly pleasing that Ofsted are homing in on communication with mainland partners in Cornwall and Plymouth, “via Skype rather than Skybus.”

Richard says this is saving both time and money for the Council in the process.

The report can be found on the Ofsted website.

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