Community Learning

Community Learning

Welcome to the Community Learning resources website – a source of information, resources and opportunities to help you understand and adapt to the latest policy developments affecting adult and community learning, including:

  • resources to help providers in devolution areas prepare for the devolution of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) by 2018/19 – these resources are under ‘Local Area Planning’ in the resources tab
  • materials and resources for all aspects of learning in communities and families, including defining the benefits and evidencing the impact of non-qualification provision
  • discussions on key community and family learning topics; and
  • opportunities to share approaches and good practice.

The website is primarily aimed at Adult and Community Learning providers.  We also hope it will also be of interest to any providers, such as Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise providers, colleges and Independent Training Providers, involved in delivering non-qualification provision and those affected by the devolution of the AEB. It will also be a useful source of information about community learning for others involved in AEB devolution, such as LEP and Combined Authority Commissioning Managers.

Access to the resources on this website is free and there is no need to register.

We are currently working to revise the content of this website.  New content will be developed and added in the coming months, and older content that is no longer relevant is being reviewed and removed.


Family and Community Learning Blogs


  • Hotcourses announced as new Festival of Learning partner

    New Festival of Learning partner Hotcourses, the UK’s number one online search site for adult learning has been announced as a new Festival Partner for Festival of Learning, England’s largest celebration of adult and lifelong learning,...

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  • Making apprenticeships work for women

    Last week, to mark National Apprenticeship Week, Learning and Work Institute released research showing women, people from lower income families, and ethnic minorities face a participation penalty in apprenticeships. Our research highlighted that people from BAME...

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  • Budget 2017: Returnships

    As well as announcing significant investment in technical education for young people, the Chancellor also used yesterday’s spring budget to introduce a number of smaller, but important, measures in recognition that “individuals should have the opportunity...

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  • Five Ways to Make Your Festival of Learning Nomination a Winner

    Are you thinking of submitting a Festival of Learning nomination for the first time this year? Or have you nominated in the past, but your nominees are never shortlisted? We’ve put together a guide of what...

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  • Budget 2017: Tax Reform

    The Budget announced that National Insurance Contributions (NICs) from the self-employed will rise from 9% to 10% from 2018 and 11% from 2019. This reduces the gap between NICs paid by employees (12%) and the self-employed....

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Community Learning Reform Resources