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Community Learning

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Working in partnership with local organisations and council services to support adult and family learning courses aimed at enhancing the lives of people living, working and volunteering in West Berkshire.

To ensure our service provides access to a wide range of learning opportunities, the council also subcontracts the delivery of courses to local quality approved providers, many of whom specialise in working with specific learner groups. This approach enables the community learning service to effectively identify and respond to local need and skills gaps, maximise funding opportunities and access specialist tutors, resources and venues.  All courses are delivered in local venues across West Berkshire.

The service had a successful Ofsted inspection in November 2022 that described community learning as being highly effective in relation to: 

  • working with local partners to reach priority groups across the district
  • the monitoring of quality to ensure courses are delivered to a good standard by well qualified tutors
  • lessons that are well structured and maintain learner engagement throughout 

West Berkshire's service is also featured on the Learning and Work Institute website, showing examples of good community learning provision involving parents with special needs and local community funding webinars.

Community learning courses

Courses and training opportunities for people who live, work and volunteer across West Berkshire.

Working with the Community Learning Service

Funding and training for adult education providers in West Berkshire

Community training and classroom hire

Find a list of halls and function rooms available for hire across West Berkshire

Community Learning Partnership (CLP)

Providing a high quality, accessible, safe and varied community learning programme for adults and families across the district

Apply to Join Our Local Community Learning Partnership

Supporting adult and family learning

Community learning: Making it Happen newsletter

Celebrating and promoting adult and family learning across West Berkshire

Feedback on the Community Learning Information Service

Online survey for the Community Learning Information Service.

Multiply: Funding for providers

Multiply is a new national programme that aims to develop the numeracy skills of adults over 19 years.

Multiply Online Courses

The Multiply online programme is a range of short, free courses to help you develop your numeracy skills in everyday situations.

Multiply: Free Numeracy Courses For Adults in West Berkshire

Multiply provides the opportunity for adults to see how maths can make a real difference to the way they live, work and support their families.

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