learners in Liverpool are the highest achievers of any big city in the country –
a new report has revealed.
of year figures from the government’s National Achievement Rate Tables (NART), show
that learners with the council’s Adult Learning Service outperform their
counterparts across Merseyside and in other big cities such as Manchester,
Birmingham and Leeds.
NART results demonstrate that Liverpool’s learners have an overall achievement
rate of 93 per cent. The next nearest city is Birmingham, with an achievement
rate of 88 per cent.
rates refer to the number of learners who have enrolled onto a course and then
go on to gain a qualification.
Adult Learning Service (ALS), run by Liverpool City Council, is also one of the
best performing in terms of retention rates for students, with a figure of 95
per cent. Whilst the authority can boast an overall pass rate of nearly 98 per
cent – the second highest of any of the core cities.
year the council worked with more than 8,000 adult learners aged 19 or over at
venues across the city.
on offer include everything from learning new skills for personal development
or hobbies, right through to nationally accredited programmes in subjects such
as social care, teaching, information technology and business studies.
ALS offers many free taster sessions and course fees have been designed to be
within everyone’s reach, with some costing as little as £10. In some cases
funding may be available to help cover course costs and help with travel
expenses, childcare and exam fees.
Through its Ways to Work programme, the ALS can also give learners support, advice and guidance with furthering their studies or finding a job. The service has been rated as ‘good’ by OFSTED, who in their last inspection noted that the ALS was ‘striving to be an outstanding provider’.
Deputy Mayor of Liverpool and Cabinet Member of Business, Economy
and Skills Cllr Gary Millar said: “This is an outstanding result
for the council’s Adult Learning Service and a real testament to the ambition,
dedication and professionalism of the staff, tutors and learners.
“Many of the people who start a course have no
previous qualifications and they go on to achieve at levels which make them a
really attractive proposition to prospective employers.”
“We have seen our adult learners continue their studies right up to university level and many have gone on to enjoy rewarding careers in fields such as health and social care, science, technology and engineering.”
Case study: (See photo above)
Sakinat has it all figured out
Sakinat Rasulova left her native Russia in search of a new life, she took the
calculated risk of heading for Liverpool to pursue a career as a maths teacher.
whilst her numeracy skills certainly made the grade, her English needed a bit
signed up with Liverpool City Council’s Adult Learning Service (ALS).
started with a basic English course but was so taken with the course that she
decided to continue her studies right up to GCSE level.
said the personal and friendly approach of her course tutor Ann Bates really
helped her on her learning journey.
said: “From my experience at home there was always a distance between tutor and
learner and sometimes it seemed cold but here it is very different. Ann works
so hard for us and she is so enthusiastic. I really think she has super powers!
I would like to become an inspirational tutor just like her.”
that’s exactly what’s happening for Sakinat because she is currently working as
a volunteer tutor with the Adult Learning Service, helping others with their
Millar said: “Sakinat’s story is a great example of how our Adult Learning
Service is making a real difference to people’s lives. We work with some
fabulous tutors who have many years of experience and the ability to put
learners at their ease and feel welcome.
the step towards further learning is an exciting one and we want our learners
to be filled with the sense of the endless possibilities learning a new skill
can open up. It’s one of the reasons our learners go on to achieve at the