ADULT learning services on the Isle of Wight have improved, an Ofsted inspection has found.

Previously, the Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS) provided by the Isle of Wight Council for disadvantaged adults across the Island had been rated as 'requires improvement'.

Now, with a few minor issues, the services available for adult learning, including health and well-being, English and maths functional skills and digital inclusion, are 'good' in all areas of the report.

Ofsted inspectors found learners 'benefit from lessons in a relaxed and inclusive environment' where they can develop a wide range of additional personal skills and knowledge.

Leaders of the courses were praised for helping learners grow in confidence and self-awareness, and recap sessions have helped learners feel positive about knowing more and their ability to learn.

ACLS courses aim to encourage social, educational, economic and personal progression for individuals and families which has been supported by a change of delivery model over the last three years, increase in the number of learners who have successfully achieved their main functional skills qualifications.

However, leaders and manager were not recognising and reporting progress and achievements accurately in short non-accredited courses, and impartial advice was not given to those who had special employment prospects plans.

Safeguarding incidents were also not recorded to a point of resolution so it was unsure if effective support was provided.

However,  necessary improvements are being made and Cllr Paul Brading,  cabinet member for education and skills, said they would be aiming for 'outstanding' in the future following 'excellent progress'.

He said: "This is excellent news and shows what a well-run and greatly appreciated service this is.

"This reflects well on those who run the service and its courses and the dedication of the many adults who participate. Well done to all involved."