Our Vision

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service (SAFL) is committed to providing the best possible opportunities for all learners. We want everyone to achieve his or her full potential and to enjoy what the Service has to offer.

The Curriculum Quality strategy is based on moving the whole Service forward in this commitment. Our shared vision being to:

  • Challenge, champion and celebrate the importance of learning for the social and economic well-being of individuals, families and communities.
  • To provide flexible pathways towards a skilled workforce and enable people to reach their full potential.

Equality and Diversity

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service is committed to promoting equality and celebrating diversity. We want every person to do well and enjoy their class. We will:

  • Treat you with respect.
  • Support you with your work in a safe place.
  • Celebrate your efforts and successes and help you if things don’t go well.
  • Make sure that all facilities are as accessible as possible.
  • Make sure that our enrolment and assessment procedures are fair and that any barriers faced by learners are dealt with.
  • Make sure that harassment and discrimination are not tolerated.
  • Make sure that our staff are trained in disability awareness.
  • Create courses that reflect the needs of our diverse community.

Our Equality Policy can be viewed here.

Safeguarding

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning knows that it is important to keep the children, young people and vulnerable adults who come to our courses safe. SAFL has a legal and moral duty to support people who come to our courses and to support people where there may be risk. Safeguarding aims to keep children, young people and vulnerable adults safe from harm and to prevent harm.

Our Safeguarding Policy can be viewed here.

Prevent Strategy

Extremist organisations can develop and popularise ideas which create an environment conducive to violent extremism and terrorism. Exploring ideas, developing a sense of identity and forming views are a normal part of growing up but we recognise that, children/adults and young people can be exposed to extremist influences or prejudiced views, particularly via the internet and other social media. We will endeavour to help learners learn about different cultures and faiths (as directed by the Department for Education) and gain an understanding of the British values we share which are defined in the Governments 2011 Prevent Strategy as:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

By providing a safe environment we will support young people to express their views but also appreciate the impact their views can have on others. We will encourage learners to take responsibility for their actions and to understand that the use of violence to further any cause is intolerable. Staff will be briefed on the indicators of possible extremism and radicalisation and will refer any concerns to the Safeguarding Team immediately.

Quality Awards

Ofsted inspected Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service in May 2016 and made the following assessment;

Effectiveness of leadership and management Requires Improvement
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good
Personal development, behaviour and welfare Requires improvement
Outcomes for learners Good
Adult learning programmes Requires improvement

The Ofsted report listed the following strengths:

  • Managers have taken strong action recently to secure improvements in programme management and to re-establish the provision.
  • The strategy to engage the most disadvantaged learners is very effective.
  • Tutors set high aspirations and expectations to enable most learners to reach their potential.
  • Tutors plan lessons skilfully; they use a wide range of activities creatively to improve the personal skills, health and well-being of learners.
  • Many learners from marginalised communities develop the skills, confidence and self-esteem to make better life choices.
  • Learners receive constructive verbal feedback from tutors and this encouragement motivates them to take part in sessions enthusiastically, enjoy their learning and make good progress.
  • The vast majority of community learners complete their learning and achieve the aims of their course.
  • Learners’ development of basic skills in English and mathematics is good.

Venues

In addition to our three main centres SAFL provides a rich and varied range of learning activities at over thirty venues in 6 different towns.

We are always interested to hear about new and potential venues in the Sandwell area to deliver our courses from. Please contact 0121 557 0837 or email us on contact_SAFL@sandwell.gov.uk if you would like to discuss your community venue with us.

Please be assured that, all our centres are fully accessible to wheelchair users and have wheelchair friendly toilet facilities.

Tipton College

Alexandra Road
Tipton, DY4 7NR
T: 0121 557 0837

Hateley Heath FETC

Huntingdon Road
West Bromwich, B71 2RP
T: 0121 556 7426

Ron Davis Centre FETC

Ballot Street
Cape Hill, Smethwick
B66 3HH
T: 0121 555 6255

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