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.
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.
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:
- 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.
Ofsted inspected Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service in January 2018 and made the following assessment;
|Effectiveness of leadership and management||Good|
|Quality of teaching, learning and assessment||Good|
|Personal development, behaviour and welfare||Good|
|Outcomes for learners||Good|
|Adult learning programmes||Good|
The Ofsted report listed the following strengths:
- Senior leaders and governors have a clear stategic vision and provide good educational opportunities for the most disadavantaged learners in the local communities.
- Leaders work well with local partners to broaden the range of courses. This widens their appeal and enables more learners to progress in their personal and working lives.
- Staff place the welfare of learners at the heart of their work. Strong support enables a high proportion of learners to stay on course and achieve their aims.
- Learners work very well together and treat each other with respect. They develop thier confidence, which helps them to try new approaches to learning. In turn, they improve their personal and social skills.
A matrix assessment was conducted in July 2019 with the service being awarded the Matrix standard for provision of Information, Advice and Guidance.
What is SAFL Online?
SAFL Online is Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service's new online learning platform. Here at SAFL, we are committed to making learning accessible to everyone across Sandwell and the West Midlands Combined Authority Area. That's why we have invested in bringing many of our courses online so that you can study in the comfort of your own home.
This means we can now offer "blended" and "online classes".
"Blended" classes will involve a mixture of classroom-based lessons and then lessons where you study from home. Currently this will mean 1 week in the center studying with a tutor and the next week joining the class online. In the weeks that you are studying from home you will be sent online videos on the topic to be covered and will either be provided with the work to complete electronically or by paper (this is to help those who may have some barriers with using ICT).
"Online Courses" will come in 2 forms.
Self-study - Courses where you study at your own pace supported by the online materials, enrolling at any time; and
Supported Study - Courses will be supported by a tutor, limited to a maximum of 20 people, have a set start date and regular online classroom times.
We really mean it when we say, "Putting the power of learning in your hands". You can now study with us from a computer, tablet or even your smartphone as well as studying with us in our classroom-based courses.
Please note that for Functional Skills Maths or English you will not be able to complete the course on a smartphone.
Our online learning portal is now complete and we are in the process of updating our website with all the new and exciting courses you can do with us. Please check out the button below for what courses are running now.
What are the benefits of online study?
Online study offers you flexibility. There is no need to travel to a centre to attend a course and you can do it from anywhere and in cases where classes aren't scheduled you can do it at any time to suit you. It also allows us to deliver more courses than we can currently and to reach a larger number of people. We are committed to Shaping Lives, Through Learning and will continue to challenge ourselves to support more and more people every day.
What are the benefits of adult education?
Adult education provides adults the opportunity to develop new skills whether that be in painting and drawing or to improve your maths, English or ICT. It can help prepare you for your apprenticeship, learn English as a second language, improve your reading and writing skills and it can get you the Level 2 qualifications you to secure better employment. We teach English, Maths and ICT to Functional Skills Level 2 which is taught at the same complexity as a GCSE but over a shorter period. Achieving a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification is accepted by employers as an equivelent qualification for employment purposes.
Costs and Fees
Now, as part of our launch all courses taught through SAFL Online are free of charge. When this changes we will let you know.
What can you study with us online?
See the button above for all courses currently available.
We will be offering a wide variety of courses online from sewing to ICT to Functional Skills Maths and English. Most of our online courses will launch September 2020 in line with the academic year. We have however started launching courses online already so take a look. If a course you want to study isn't currently listed then get in touch to register your interest and we can take your details for the next time we run the course.
Who can study with us?
Anyone aged 19+ that lives in Sandwell or in the West Midlands Combined Authority that has been a UK or EU resident for 3 years or more.
What are you waiting for?
We're not sure. Have a look, unlock your potential and secure a brighter future today.