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Adult and Community Learning Service – ACLS Nottinghamshire County Council.

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Who Are We?

ACLS is part of Nottinghamshire County Council. We are a small central team, who receive funding from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), to deliver an annually agreed programme of adult learning opportunities to Nottinghamshire residents.

We are a contracted out service which means that we do not employ our own tutors; we work with partners to deliver the learning opportunities and priorities that we set.

Like any school or further education (FE) college our activity is subject to inspection by Ofsted. The last inspection was in November 2012 where we achieved an overall grade 2 i.e. good.

What Do We Do?

We work with delivery partners to ensure adult education courses are available for local residents within priority areas. Delivery partners include colleges of F.E., community colleges, WEA, private providers, voluntary groups, community groups, schools, children’s centres and libraries. They deliver non accredited, entry and level one provision.

ACLS receives 3 funding streams from the SFA:

Personal and Community Development Learning (PCDL)
Wider Family Learning (WFL)
Family English, Maths and Language (FEML)
ACLS also receives funding from the Big Lottery to fund additional family learning activity.
Annual funding agreements are established with colleges, the WEA, community colleges and a range of other providers that deliver across the academic year. Other organisations accessing funding do so through a grant application process which is open throughout the year. A monthly panel looks at each grant on its’ individual merits.

Examples of PCDL courses

ICT for Beginners & Improvers
Digital Imaging
Basic Food Safety
First Aid at Work
Paediatric First Aid
Communication Skills
Art Classes
Exercise Classes
Volunteer Training
Anger Management

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