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.

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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.

British Values

ACL promotes the fundamental British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs, through encouraging the development of skills and attitudes that enable us to contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

Safeguarding is the responsibility of us all. It is about us protecting our learners who may be vulnerable from a wide range of harm, ensuring they feel safe and are able to learn effectively. Safeguarding is only effective when we all take responsibility for looking out for each other.

What are we protecting people from?

Abuse which can be physical, emotional or sexual, neglect, bullying, including cyber bullying, as well as a range of wider issues.

Part of Safeguarding is PREVENT, the UK’s counter terrorism strategy, preventing people from becoming involved in terrorism.

If you have any concerns, or someone has disclosed abuse to you, speak to your tutor, ask to speak to another member of ACL staff or contact the ACL Safeguarding Lead Jill Newton on 07788301629 or email: jill.newton2@essex.gov.uk or the Safeguarding Officer Klaudia Ratajczak – 07717867111 email: klaudia.ratajczak@essex.gov.uk

Please make sure that you watch the ACL video for Prevent and British Values.

Safeguarding

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

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

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.

ACL Essex Learner Handbook

The learner handbook provides for the information you need while studying with us.

Our Learner Charter & Learner Expectations

The aim of this charter is to improve mutual support, communications and strengthen relationships creating a safe and positive environment for all.

Help Hub

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.

Learner End of Course Evaluation 2020-2021

Once you complete your course, we hope that you can spare a few minutes to give feedback by answering the questions here.  ACL’s purpose is about improving lives through learning, and your answers will help us to evaluate how we impact on people’s lives.

Learner Forum

The aim of this charter is to improve mutual support, communications and strengthen relationships creating a safe and positive environment for all.

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.

Learner Surveys

At the start of your course we will ask you to assess your skills and then reflect on these at the end of the course. This helps you as a learner to reflect on the benefits of your learning, to set personal goals, and for ACL to understand the wider learning outcomes of its curriculum offer.

Destination and progression surveys are carried out at the end of your course and at a period after your course ends with ACL. These will ask if you are continuing with your learning or if you have gained employment of promotion. We will also ask if there were additional benefits for your learning for example, increased confidence, or improved digital skills. This information helps us to identify how our courses can be developed, the additional skills that you gained, and to enable us to secure funding.

ILPs

The aim of this charter is to improve mutual support, communications and strengthen relationships creating a safe and positive environment for all.