European Agenda for Adult Learning

Work across the priority areas; 2015-17 programme

Adult Basic Skills


Young Adults Employability 

 
Digital Skills for Underrepresented Groups 


State of the Nations report

 

Impact Forums 2015-2017 programme

The Impact Forums are independent forums funded by the European Agenda for Adult Learning, which in the UK is coordinated by the Learning and Work Institute. The role of the Forum is to discuss research and development activities related to the UK’s programme of work and contextualise them for that nation. The Forums will feed into the development of a ‘State of the Nation’ report on the impact of adult learning to be published in September 2017. 

In England and Wales the forum is managed by Learning and Work Institute who appointed the independent chair. In Northern Ireland it is managed by the Forum for Adult Learning Northern Ireland (FALNI) who appointed the independent chair. In Scotland it is managed by Scotland’s Learning Partnership who appointed the independent chair. 

The forums: enable greater policy coherence through sharing existing research, looking for regional and local case studies, and disseminating it; consider evidence of the impact of adult learning in three broad areas (health, work, and communities) in order to complement and supplement it for the policy context in Scotland, and add case studies where required; produce, translate and disseminate evidence to networks in Scotland; contribute to the production of an interim report; contribute to the development of the UK summative conference in the autumn of 2017.

 

England Impact Forum

 

Northern Ireland Impact Forum

 

Scotland Impact Forum

 

Wales Impact Forum

 

Final Conference 2015

Our September 2015 conference, Realising Impact: Making a difference through adult learning, was a challenging, thought-provoking event. The full conference report is published here. Click on the links below to download slides from the main conference sessions and workshops.

Click here to see the agenda and delegate list.

Conference day 1, 10th September 2015

Slides from main sessions on day 1

Introductory presentation from David Hughes, CEO of NIACE.

Keynote speaker: Professor Tim Harford presentation and transcript.

Workshops

The Citizens' Curriculum: Basic Skills and Social Inclusion presentation (Emily Jones); Towards a Citizens' Curriculum presentation (Alex Stevenson).

Digital Skills and Inclusion: Adult Learning and Technology presentation (Susan Easton).

Family Learning and Excluded Groups: Launch Learning (Shelley Morris and Claire Arnold); The Impact of Community Learning (Shelley Morris and Claire Arnold); Excluded Groups presentation (Susannah Chambers).  

Young Adult Employability: What Employers Want presentation (Nicola Aylward).

 

Dinner at the RSA

Dinner in the spectacular surroundings of the RSA House included speeches from Adult Learning Ambassadors Amanda Scales, winner of the Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year award in 2012, Adele Tilly, selected by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal as the recipient of the first Adult Learners’ Week Patron’s Award in 2015, and Lee Hughes, recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Individual Learner award.

 

Conference day 2, 11th September 2015

Slides from main sessions on day 2

Keynote speaker: Simon Field presentation and transcript

Keynote speaker: Michael Davis presentation and transcript

Workshops

Northern Ireland (FALNI): Inspiring Impact presentation: Collaboration on Impact

England (NIACE): Community Health and Learning Foundation poster and close-up; WEA poster

Scotland (Scotland's Learning Partnership): Learning Link Scotland presentation: Evidencing the Impact

Wales (NIACE Cymru): WEA YMCA CC Cymru presentation: Measuring and Evidencing Impact, Learndirect presentaion: Impact Planning, Monkton Priory Community Primary School presentation: The Impact of Community Learning.

The EAAL programme for 2015-17: Presentation by Joyce Black

 

Work across three priority areas 2014-15

Adult basic skills & UK response to PIAAC

Research report: Adult Basic Skills Proficiency in the UK

Research report: Towards a Citizens’ Curriculum 

Citizens' Curriculum case studies: EFA London, Rochdale Borough Council, Tomorrow's Women Wirral.

Podcasts from Citizens' Curriculum pilot organisations.

Citizens' Curriculum infographic

Presentation on Citizens’ Curriculum approach to UnionLearn and representatives of the health professions unions, April 2015

Presentation to the European Basic Skills Network annual conference, June 2015

Presentation on Citizens’ Curriculum pilot models / framework for migrants at NATECLA national conference, July 2015

Presentation on Citizens’ Curriculum approach for unemployed adults and excluded groups at the Into Work Convention, national conference for employment skills providers organised by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, July 2015

Presentation of Citizens’ Curriculum pilot models / frameworks for Offender Learning at Prisoners’ Learning Alliance national conference, September 2015

Presentation on intensive approaches to the delivery of basic skills for unemployed adults to Ireland’s National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) conference, September 2015

Presentation of Rochdale Council pilot and framework for disadvantaged young adults and families in disadvantaged communities to final EAAL conference, September 2015

Presentation on Citizens’ Curriculum pilots for basic skills for homeless / vulnerably housed adults and migrants to 'Skills for Life? English, maths and ESOL for 21st Century Citizens’ national conference, organised by NIACE, NRDC, RaPAL, UCU and NATECLA, October 2015

 

Participation and progression of excluded groups

Employability skills for young adults

'What Employers Want' website and guide for young people.

'What Employers Want' short film

'What Employers Want' final report

What Employers Want in Northern Ireland: Case Study

What Employers Want Skills Show presentation November 2014

Employability skills thematic paper to Impact Forums in WalesScotland, England

Employability skills presentation to Impact Forums in Wales, Northern IrelandEngland

Media coverage: Times Education Supplement – 7th July 2015; Training Journal – 7th July 2015; Relocate Magazine – 10th July 2015; FE News – 13th July 2015; CYPN publication and website – 20th August 2015

Parliamentary Reception : What Employers Want 9 September 2015

Supporting progression for excluded groups

Case Studies: Manton Childrens' Centre, HMP New Hall, St Mungo's Broadway.

 

Digital learning and problem-solving

EU Self Organised Learning website

Technology blogs on the NIACE website

Webinars:

Implementing FELTAG 3: Taking FELTAG forward, 9th December 2014

Implementing  FELTAG 5: Funding FELTAG, 3rd February 2015

AE-Pro National Coordinators’ Webinar, 25th August 2015: 26 people participated live, 40 have viewed the recording, 31 completed all the activities in the session

Technology in the WEA, 15th September 2015

STEM Resources for Community and Family Learning

Webinar resources:

Implementing FELTAG: Webinar recordings, link to presentations, infographics

Presentations:

Livestream from NIACE Digital Learning Conference, 14th November 2014  

Presentation to Northern Ireland Impact Forum 17th June 2015

Digital families presentation with BIS October 2015

Storify media story of the Digital Skills Conference November 2014

Birmingham Adult Learning (ROI for self organised groups) 4th June 2015 

Luton Adult Learning (ROI for self organised learning groups) 31st July 2015

Derby Adult Learning (ROI for self organised learning groups) 1st August 2015

Storify social media story of the EAAL conference September 2015

Blended Learning for niche groups action research report September 2015

Social media:

Social media supporting NIACE Digital Learning Conference, 14th November 2014

Social media supporting final EAAL conference, 10-11th September 2015

 

Impact Forums 2014-15

List of all Impact Forum meetings 2014-15

Impact forums were set up in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England, bringing together learning providers and representative bodies from all sectors deliving adult learning.

Papers resulting from the discussions at each forum were produced for each theme: Basic Skills, Digital Inclusion, Employability and Excluded Groups.

Working with the forums, NIACE also produced a theoretical framework for understanding impact, and a tool for capturing impact which was used in discussions at all four forums. In England a peer critique template was completed for four different approaches to capturing impact by Rochdale Borough Council, the Community Health and Learning Foundation , WEA and Northern College. In Wales the Welsh Assembly Government provided detailed feedback identifying key policies in Digital Learning and Basic Skills.

A final report was written on the work of the Impact Forums in 2014-15: Thinking About Impact.

Click on the links below to see all papers relating to each forum meeting.

 

Wales Impact Forum

Wales Impact Forum 18th February 2015: Agenda, minutes.

Wales Impact Forum 17th April 2015: Agenda, minutes, Digital learning key questions form, Welsh Govenment Digital Inclusion Delivery Plan 2014, NIACE Digital Learning thematic paper, NIACE digital learning presentation (Susan Easton), NIACE EAAL presentation (Joyce Black), Wales Impact Forum March newsletter.

Wales Impact Forum 1st July 2015: Agenda, minutes, Excluded groups key questions form, EQAVET working group findings on quality assurance in adult learning June 2015, WCVA Unlocking Welsh Potential presentation, NIACE Employability skills thematic paper, NIACE Employability skills presentation (Lorraine Casey), NIACE Progression in Excluded Groups presentation (Susannah Chambers), Excluded groups case studies: Manton Children's Centre, St Mungo's.

Wales Impact Forum 28th September 2015: Agenda, minutes, Basic Skills key questions form, Basic Skills key questions reply from Welsh GovernmentAONTAS presentation (Berni Brady), AONTAS briefing papers: PIAAC and everyday skills use, PIAAC and social wellbeing, PIAAC and workplace skills, Slovenian Institute for Adult Education: PIAAC in Slovenia presentation (Zvonka Pangerc Pahernik), NIACE Basic Skills and Social Inclusion thematic paper, NIACE Citizen's Curriculum case study: St Mungo's Broadway, Dwr Cymru case studies: Mark Church, Paul Leadbeater, Tony Price.

 

Scotland Impact Forum

Scotland Impact Forum 10th March 2015: Agenda, minutes, Impact Forum terms of reference, EAAL background paper, NIACE Wider Outcomes guidance document, Access to Industry presentation, Inverclyde Council WOOPI presentation (Graham MacLellan), Education Scotland presentation (Phil Denning), NIACE Excluded Groups thematic paper.

Scotland Impact Forum 12th May 2015: Agenda, minutes, SCVO Digital Participation presentation (Sally Dyson), EPALE presentation, NIACE Adult Learning and Technology presentation (Susan Easton), Digital landscape paper (Susan Easton)

Scotland Impact Forum 28th September (1): Agenda, minutes, LEAD Scotland presentation, NIACE Employability Skills thematic paper.

Scotland Impact Forum 28th September (2): Agenda, minutes, Education Scotland presentation (Cath Hamilton), NIACE Basic Skills and Social Inclusion presentation (Lorraine Casey), NIACE Basic Skills and Social Inclusion thematic paper.

 

Northern Ireland Impact Forum

Northern Ireland Impact Forum 24th February 2015: Agenda, minutes, Evidence capture tool, Skills to Succeed presentation (Patricia Cochrane), NIACE Basic Skills and Social Inclusion thematic paper.

Northern Ireland Impact Forum 21st April 2015: Agenda, minutes, Papers illustrating Northern Ireland perspectives, NIACE Excluded groups thematic paper.

Northern Ireland Impact Forum 17th June 2015: Agenda, minutes, E-Learning in Invest NI presentation, Inspiring Impact NI presentation, BBC Make it Digital briefing paper, Report of NI working group May 2015NIACE Adult Learning and Technology presentation (Kevin Campbell-Wright).

Northern Ireland Impact Forum and Conference 6th October 2015: Conference programme, minutes, attendance list, biographies, EAAL Prezi presenation by Joyce BlackBarnardos Family Connections presentation, Open University presentation (John D'Arcy), NACCO Materials Handling presentation, UKCES presentation, UKCES background paper, Workshop papers, NIACE Employability Skills thematic paper. Final conference report. Media coverage - Focal Point (Thursday 8th October 2015) - note: news article is the first story on the showreel.

 

England Impact Forum

England Impact Forum 25th February 2015: Agenda, minutesImpact Forum terms of reference, EAAL background paper, Impact Framework initial draft, NIACE Basic Skills and Social Inclusion thematic paper.

England Impact Forum 23rd April 2015: Agenda, minutes, Impact framework, Summary of EAAL National Coordinator work, Rochdale Borough Council presentation (Helen Chicot), Community Health and Learning Foundation presentation (Janet Solla), Northern College presentation (Kay Sidebottom), WEA report to forum, NIACE Adult Learning and Technology presentation (Susan Easton), NIACE Digital Learning thematic paper.

England Impact Forum 11th June 2015 Capturing Wider Impact workshop: Workshop invitationPeer critique template, Critique of example from Rochdale Borough Council, Critique of example from the Health Literacy Foundation, Critique of example from WEA, Critique of example from Northern College.

England Impact Forum 11th June 2015 Impact Forum meeting: Agenda, MinutesNIACE Employability skills presentation (Nicola Aylward), NIACE Employability skills thematic paper, NIACE Excluded groups thematic paper, Excluded groups case studies: Manton Children's Centre, St Mungo's.

England Impact Forum and Final Conference 10th - 11th September 2015: See conference resources above.

 

2015 Report

As the UK National Coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Learning, NIACE has produced a summary report of the UK's contribution and an overview of the last year from November 2014 to October 2015. The projects and activities described in the report are organised thematically against what we consider to be the current EAAL challenges:

  • The Basic Skills Challenge - including PIAAC research across the UK
  • The Inclusion Challenge - including Basic Skills and Social Inclusion and supporting progression for excluded groups
  • The Digital Challenge - including Digital learning in community groups and self organised learning using digital learning
  • The Employability Challenge - including Employability skills for young adults, and What Employers Want
  • The Impact Challenge and a section on Reach and Engagement

2014 Report

As the UK National Coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Learning, NIACE has produced a summary of the UK’s contribution and an overview of progress for the two years from October 2012 to September 2014. The projects and activities described in the report are organised thematically against the five priorities for the European Agenda for Adult Learning for the period 2012–14:

  • Making lifelong learning and mobility a reality.
  • Improving the quality and efficiency of education and training.
  • Promoting equity, social cohesion and active citizenship through adult learning.
  • Enhancing the creativity and innovation of adults and their learning environments.
  • Improving the knowledge base on adult learning and monitoring the adult learning sector.