Last March the Adult Learning Inspectorate became part of Ofsted. It will be Ofsted that undertakes the next Inspection of WEA provision (due any time from March 2008 onward).
Ofsted will examine the work of the WEA as part of Adult and Community Learning (ACL). The Chief Inspector's Annual Report for2006-07 was published in October and only devoted seven paragraphs to ACL. You can see them here: Download CIAR0607ACL.doc
The next Inspection of the WEA will look closely at our own assessment of our strengths and areas for improvement. These are still being finalised and next Monday we will have these tested by an external panel before recommending them to Trustees for publication. At the moment, our judgements are:
Areas for improvement:
I will confirm these and other key points of our self-assessment after that but I thought you might want to see how the Inspectorate sees provision similar to ours and to compare our provisional assessment to those points.