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L&W seek RARPA case studies

Learning and Work Institute would like to speak to providers in England who use Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement (RARPA), following changes to the Adult Education Budget (AEB).

Recent flexibilities allowed in the AEB mean there is more potential for adult learning to be delivered through non-regulated (non-accredited) provision.

Intended to support progression, non-regulated learning can often be more appropriate in content and relevance than regulated qualifications. RARPA is an essential part of ensuring its quality.

by Alex Stevenson on 07 Feb 2017

Family Learning puts parents and children on an equal footing

Computing skills can often feel like the biggest gulf between parents and children, with the younger generation often being the ones teaching their elders, and parents feeling distant from a huge part of their children’s lives. This is where we come in.

by Suki Coe on 01 Feb 2017

Working to help recovering drug users

Our evidence review of Drug Treatment Outcomes and Employment was published as part of Public Health England’s wider evidence review for their forthcoming Drugs Strategy.

by Connor Stevens on 30 Jan 2017

"Great to hear what people are doing to help young adult carers like me"

Emma, a young adult carer from York, attended a meeting of our National Policy Forum for Young Adult Carers on 11th January 2017. In this blog, she talks about her experience and what she gained from it.

On the 11 January I got invited down to London with Emily from the York Carers Centre to attend a meeting held by the Learning and Work Institute. The meeting discussed things to do with young adult carers. 

by Emma on 26 Jan 2017

Young Adult Carers – responsibilities, but what about rights?

For most young people the acquisition of rights and responsibilities goes hand in hand. As they get older, their responsibilities gradually increase, but so do their rights. This process is an important part of growing up - it contributes to young people becoming independent, confident and responsible adults. 

by Nicola Aylward on 25 Jan 2017

How the UK can make English language learning work

Learning benefits individuals, families, the wider community and the economy. It’s linked with better employment outcomes, improved physical and mental health, and increased social cohesion.

by Alex Stevenson on 19 Jan 2017

European Vocational Skills Week

I’ve just come back from Brussels having attended the opening conference - Adult Skills Empowering People. The 2-day conference had a great buzzy feel, with representation from over 37 countries across Europe.

by Joyce Black on 08 Dec 2016

Family Learning is the Answer

At a recent meeting of the National Family Learning Forum a range of current issues and challenges were discussed.

by Cath Harcula on 08 Dec 2016

The sector pledges further support to the UK's greatest asset

The Skills and Apprenticeship Minister, Robert Halfon, was warmly received and kicked off the proceedings by throwing away his prepared speech and getting immediately to the point.

by Fran Parry on 07 Dec 2016