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    'Good with outstanding elements'

    We are delighted to let you know that as a result of their recent inspection Ofsted has rated Community Education Lewisham as a grade 2 - Good.

    In each area inspected CEL was found to be good with significant outstanding elements.  Ofsted commented:

    • Success rates on courses leading to external qualifications are well above the national average for similar providers
    • Courses help learners to gain employment or to progress within their current jobs
    • Learners gain in confidence and are better able to contribute to their communities
    • Learners develop the confidence and enthusiasm to study further.
    • Tutors are skilled, knowledgeable and enthusiastic and offer a caring and supportive learning environment
    • Teaching rooms are well equipped with interactive learning technology, which is used well.
    • CEL has developed an ethos of strong social inclusion and successfully widens participation in learning.
    • CEL offers unique opportunities for socially isolated learners to become part of a group
    • CEL provides a wide variety of programmes, meeting the needs and interests of the community it serves well.

    Thank you to all who contributed to Ofsted's successful visit.  The full report is available via this link.

    Helen Hammond
    Head of Service
    March 2014


  • Relocation of CEL provision within Grove Park

    Approval was given by the Executive Director Community Services on 18th March 2014 for CEL to relocate to 333 Baring Road, Grove Park from Pragnall Road, Grove Park.

    The new centre will be open from September 2014

    For more details please click here 


    Thank you to all who contributed to the learner forums at the end of the Spring term.

    Notes from the meeting are available via this link

    Helen Hammond

    Head of Service

  • Briefing Note for Planned works at the Brockley Rise Centre

    Contractors will shortly be commencing phase 5 of the works. From the 31st March 2014 scaffolding will be erected to the rear of the building along with fencing and a new compound as detailed on the attached plans.  During this phase of the works it will be necessary to change some of the parking bays to disabled bays which will be remarked with temporary signs.

    As mentioned in the last briefing note traditional evacuation routes may not be accessible.  It is therefore essential that you make yourself familiar with the layout of the fencing and establish your route out of the building to the regular assembly point.  Please note that all fire exits remain in use and unchanged but access through the front section of the car park to the assembly point will be restricted and this will vary as the works are carried out.

    There will be increased construction vehicles and noise whilst these improvement works are carried out but I will ensure that regular updates are issued so that you are kept updated.

    Front line staff working at Brockley Rise Centre have been fully briefed on the changes and will be able to answer any of your questions but I would urge you to review the drawings provided by Lewisham.

    The works will cause disruption but we aim to ensure that they are carried out with minimal impact to all site users both staff and learners and if you have any questions please either contact myself or Jimmy Adebowale the Site Manager.

    Lisa Potter

    Support Services Manager

    20th March 2014


    Brockley Rise roof project



  • Further Education Learner Survey

    The Government is undertaking a national survey of adult learners who undertake part-time courses.

    It will take no more than a few minutes to fill in and by responding you will help both CEL and the Skills Funding Agency measure how effective Community Education Lewisham is and help us to make sure the funding we receive and the service we offer continues to meet community needs.

    To access the survey you will need Community Education Lewisham’s code number - 10003895, and your personal learner number.

    If your course does lead to a formal qualification (English, Math’s, ESOL, accredited Childcare courses) click here to complete the survey.

    If your course does not lead to a formal qualification click here to complete the survey.

    You should receive a letter or email with full details; alternatively you can ask your tutor for more information.

    Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your experiences.



  • Opening of new facilities at Brockley Rise Centre

    New classrooms and a fully equipped new multi media suite at Brockley Rise Centre were officially opened by the Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, on Thursday 28 November.

    The centre welcomed the local community in to try a range of activities including making glass Christmas tree decorations, assembling glass jewellery, dressing up for a Christmas photo to turn into a personalised  card, as well as new decorative techniques for Christmas cakes.



     As you may be aware Coopers Lane School are nearing completion of the new modular classroom at the back of the Grove Park Centre to provide for the increase demand for primary school places in the borough.

    Works are still ongoing and the expansion has meant that we have had to review the parking provision at this centre. This site will now have on site parking for 3 Disabled badge holders.

    I can confirm the works have now taken place with the disabled bays and the drop of zone now clearly marked. Works were completed over the weekend ensuring that the works did not affect users of the centre. Planning permission has been submitted for the canopy over the drop off area and dates for this installation will be posted on iCEL and the information available at Centres as soon as these are confirmed.

    There are no changes to the fire exit routes and the assembly point remains the same  – at the end of pragnell road.

     Further works within the existing school site are envisaged throughout the year as they need to meet growing demand for places. We will keep you informed as to developments that may affect the Centre.



    Update issued 21st November 2013


     Parking facilities at Grove Park





    This is a reminder of what you need to do in the event of bad weather.

    To find out whether a site is open or not please do not contact the centres or your tutor as this delays our ability to respond effectively to the situation. 
    Up to date information on any closures will be posted on this site and will also be available on the Lewisham website - www.lewisham.gov.uk
    We will only post information when a centre is closed

    Please ensure that you take care and attend centres only if you are safe to do so.

  • Safeguarding Policy and Documentation

    The Community Education Lewisham Safeguarding Policy is available via the link here. As well as clearly setting out procedures for safeguarding it also lists CELs nominated staff should you need to report a concern.


  • The Benefits of Further Education

    The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has just published a review of research into the benefits of further education and training.  In addition to examining existing research they also surveyed 4000 adults who were undertaking further learning.  For more information and to see some of the work being carried out at CEL please click here


  • Adult Careers Advice

    There is now a central resource to help you decide what your next course or move might be

    The links below take you to Adult Careers Advice site where you can access further guidance.

    National Careers Service Home Page. 

    A  service available through National Careers Service is the Lifelong Learning Account. This is a free personalised online account for adults aged 19 or over that provides clear information and advice on skills, careers and financial support in a single easily accessible location. Alternatively you can call 0800 100 900.

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