At Learning and Work Institute, we believe it's vital that everyone has the core set of skills they need for living and working in the 21st Century - including English (or English for Speakers of Other Languages), maths, digital, civic, health and financial capabilities.
In the UK around 1 in 6 adults struggle with reading and writing, and around 1 in 4 adults find maths difficult. In addition, 850,000 people are not proficient in speaking English and one half of adults in England and Northern Ireland is unable to use computers effectively.
This increasingly locks people out of opportunity and society:
Almost 250,000 adults a year take basic skills courses in England. This means it would take at least 20 years just to support those with needs today. What's more, changes in the bigger picture, such as migration, advances in technology and changes in the world of work will also impact on the need for provision in future.
Our Policy Asks
Our big idea is the Citizens’ Curriculum: an innovative, holistic approach to ensure everyone has the English, maths, digital, civic, health and financial capabilities they need. The Citzens' Curriculum taps into what motivates adults to learn, through giving learners a voice in co-designing curriculum content and careful contextualization, ensuring that more people are learning skills which are relevant to their lives and their work. We want cities and local areas to commission a Citizens’ Curriculum approach as the Adult Education Budget is devolved and to work with providers and to design provision that embeds this approach.
Our recent and current work to continue the development of a Citizens’ Curriculum includes:
- Phase 2 Pilots, with English, maths and ESOL providers
- Citizens’ Curriculum Pathways to STEM Careers
- Workplace and Prisons Pilots
- A Citizens’ Curriculum for ESOL Learners in Prisons, in partnership with the Bell Foundation and DeMontfort University
- Development of resources to support adult learning providers, practitioners and commissioners to adopt the Citizens’ Curriculum
Our evaluation shows that learners make life-changing improvements to their employability, motivation to learn, social and civic engagement and self-efficacy. Public services benefit too - independent research from our Rochdale pilot site found that the local authority achieved a £3.68 financial return on investment for every pound invested. Read more in our report on the Phase 2 Citizens' Curriculum pilots.
Download our Citizens' Curriculum Capability Frameworks below or click on the infographic to see the full impact of the Citizens' Curriculum
Read blogs about the Citizens' Curriculum here
Want to know more?
For further information about our Citizen's Curriculum or to talk to us about how you can get involved, email email@example.com
You can also speak to:
Alex Stevenson, Head of English, Maths & ESOL