Learner Induction and Information

Welcome to ACL Essex. We hope you enjoy your learning experience with us. Please take time to look through all the relevant information.

Principal’s Welcome

Lifelong learning matters to us – we want to make a difference to people’s lives. ACL Essex is not just about second chances; it’s about third, fourth, fifth and sixth chances. In fact, it is about helping you achieve the goals you have set your sights on, throughout your life. But it is much more than skills and qualifications, crucial as they are, it is also about making sure you flourish; your health and wellbeing, your sense of community belonging, and your confidence and belief in yourself.

We aim to provide you with as many ways to flourish as possible. We are there in communities across Essex, to make a difference to residents and businesses, so everyone has the chance to make a difference for themselves and to the places that they live in.

Whatever your ambitions for learning might be, we will be there to support you on your journey.

Important information and updates


Please read the following information before starting your course:

ACL Learner Charter & Learner Expectations

Term Dates

ACL Contact details


Keeping you safe:

  • Health and Safety
  • Learner Wellbeing
  • Safeguarding and Prevent
  • British Values
  • Equality and Diversity

Course Information

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Term dates

When attending your course information:

  • Course cancellation
  • Unable to attend class?
  •  Plagiarism
  • Course documentation

ACL Fees Charges Policy 2023-24

Financial support

View all policies

Centre information

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Important centre information

  • Access to facilities
  • Fire Safety
  • Bad Weather
  • Personal Property
  • Car Parking
  • Learner ID Cards

Health & Safety

Learner Welfare Form

Adult Community Learning (ACL) wants to support all our learners and keep them safe. To help us do this you may want to complete a risk assessment. Some reasons to complete this could be if you:

  • Have ill health or a disability
  • Have a learning disability
  • Have a Mental Health condition or difficulties such as anxiety or depression
  • Have an addiction to substances or alcohol

Working Safely Online

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It is important to recognise that the online classroom is in fact a classroom and certain behaviours are expected when you communicate with those engaging with you.  These guidelines are known as netiquette, access this below.


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Download our Online Safety Policy

‘The Digital Wellbeing Triangle’ Enrichment Activity

Help Hub

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In need of technical, financial or wellbeing support? Our Help Hub is full of useful guidance and resources to ensure you have the necessary tools to help you on your journey with us.

Learning Support

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Learning support information

  • Access to Learning support
  • Alternative information formats

Listening to You


We welcome your feedback and look forward to hearing from you.

Click here to give feedback

Learner Forum


If you are a learner enrolled on a course with Adult Learning, or an employer involved with ACL then you can apply. We are looking for members who reflect the diversity of our learner group. So, whatever your age or experience we’d really like to hear from you.

Wondering which course to do next?


Looking to move into employment? Considering your future learning and career options?

ACL is working in partnership with the National Careers Service (NCS) to support access to personalised skills and careers information that helps individuals to make effective choices about their future pathways. This service is free and friendly, tailoring impartial information, skills and careers advice to meet individual needs.


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All ACL centres have an exams officer (or officers) who will make exam entries when advised to by your course tutor. These officers will then organise your exam bookings and communicate all details directly to you via email. Find out more by clicking on the button below.