Commissioning Strategy

East Berkshire Community Learning and Skills Service’s vision is to deliver quality learning, advice and skills to residents to enable them to improve their opportunities for education and employment and to contribute to the success of the local economy and their quality of life.

It will work towards this vision by supporting residents through learning to improve their skills for employment and quality of life. This vision and mission underpins what we seek to achieve from working in partnership with local organisations.

The values of our service that we also expect from our partners are:

  • delivering high quality provision which meets local needs and priorities
  • putting the needs of learners first
  • ensuring that public funding is targeted effectively at those facing the most barriers to learning and work.

Slough Borough Council has overall responsibility for the delivery of the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) funded provision for community learning and adult skills funding streams for Slough and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, through the East Berkshire Community Learning and Skills Service (CLASS). The service sub-contracts out provision for community learning.

The service, and its contracted provision, is regulated by Ofsted and is judged in relation to the Common Inspection Framework.

The service aims to make the most effective contribution it can to national and local priorities. These include Slough Borough Council’s Five Year Plan and RBWM’s Council Plan.

It also complies with the Education and Skills Funding Agency priorities and uses its community learning grant to work in partnership with local organisation towards the following priorities.

  • Ensuring that funding is targeted at those furthest away from learning and work.
  • Skills funding to be used to ensure that learners move into work or meaningful further learning to move learners closer to work.
  • Community learning funding targeted at engaging with people with the most need and for delivering learning that makes a contribution to local priorities.
  • The principle of “those who can afford to pay should pay” to be applied to any universal curriculum offer.

As part of this strategy the service is engaging with local voluntary organisations to work with them to deliver learning opportunities to contribute to local needs and priorities. We are either commissioning local organisations to deliver or co-delivering with them. We will continue to engage with new local organisations using the above strategy and working within our budgetary limits.

More information can be found on the community learning and skills page.

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