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Strategic priorities

Staffordshire County Council strategic plan

We have an important role to play in supporting the priority outcomes in the Staffordshire County Council strategic plan.



Community learning priorities 2019-23

Community Learning and Commissioning Strategy (469 KB)

Equality and inclusion

Widen participation in learning and promote social inclusion across Staffordshire.


Identify and work with the right delivery partners that will enable us to determine relevant and targeted programmes, to ensure that the needs of our learners are always put first.

Targeted delivery

Prioritise and target delivery to those that are the furthest away from accessing education and activities that will have the most impact in order to provide accessible learning pathways.

Workforce and employability

Embed employability skills throughout all curriculum pathways to support individuals to up-skill and re-skill in order to gain and improve employment opportunities.

Responsive and flexible

Be responsive to a fast-changing environment and offer flexibility to change direction if required. Delivery will be prioritised and located in areas where learners want to learn and within local communities.

Quality of provision

Ensure that all programmes are of the highest quality to provide all learners with the very best opportunities to fulfil their full potential.


All programmes are to align with demand and local, and national priorities whilst providing innovative curriculum capitalising on digital technologies.


To improve the learner journey, from recruitment and admission to achievement and progression in learning and beyond, supporting positive outcomes for all.



Achieving our priorities

We will:

  • Extend the reach, quality and impact of Community Learning in Staffordshire.
  • Provide employability provision that supports individuals to up-skill and re-skill to gain and improve employment opportunities.
  • Provide English and maths programmes where an unmet demand is identified.
  • Provide learning opportunities which will prepare learners to enter or re-engage with the STEM sector (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
  • Provide programmes of English for speakers of other languages to overcome language and cultural barriers.
  • Provide Community Learning programmes that support parents with child development, behaviour and family cohesion to improve outcomes and educational attainment for children and young people of families in target communities.
  • Provide targeted Community Learning programmes promoting health and wellbeing that support people to take responsibility to become healthier and more independent.
  • Provide learning opportunities for those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and/or mental ill health.
  • Provide access to fully funded Essential Digital skills qualifications at Entry Level to Level 1 and learning opportunities that support individuals to utilise digital technologies in their everyday lives, further learning and employment.
  • Improve the learner journey, from recruitment and admission to progression in learning and beyond, supporting positive outcomes for all.
  • Review our progress on a quarterly basis and report to the County Council and our partners on key issues.

Impact of Community Learning

Active citizenship, democracy and participation

People who participate in adult education have more trust in the policitical system, participate more in society, by voting, by volunteering or taking active roles in communities.

Life skills for individuals

Adult learners feel healthier, lead healthier lifestyles, build new social networks and experience improved well-being.

Social cohesion, equity and equality

Adult education provides many opportunities to equalise societies on a larger scale and to create fairer societies as well as more economic growth.

Migration and demographic change

Civic education and intercultural learning can create integration-friendly cultures. Language and basic skills training will enable active citizenship. Individuals will be more active, volunteer more, work longer and are healthier.


From environmentally friendly consumption and transport to energy efficiency, citizens need a lot of information and innovation to develop new lifestyles, new projects, and new approaches. Adult education can help provide the information, the debate spaces and the creativity.

The impact of community learning supports our key enablers to ensure we deliver the best possible outcomes for our citizens.  

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