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ALI Introduce Right Touch

The standards of adult learning education will be monitored under a new inspection model. The Right Touch, a new scheme developed by the Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI), will allow inspectors to visit colleges over a period of time rather than a snapshot visit.

Inspectors may make a series of shorter inspection visits spaced over several weeks, and take better opportunities to gather inspection evidence. The ALI is responsible for raising the standards of education and training for young people and adults. The Inspectorate reports on the quality of learning provision students receive every four years.

The second round of inspections will see visits allocated to course providers based on performances in previous inspections. Changes in inspection, a booklet published by the ALI, explains the changes and has been sent out to learning providers who are due for inspection after April 2005.

Katherine Hayes

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