Participation Survey

Our Adult Participation in Learning survey is the longest running and most frequently occurring study of adult learning in the UK. The series, which began in 1996, provides a unique view of patterns and trends in learning among UK adults, based on data from over 5,000 respondents aged 17 and over.

Year-on-year around two-fifths of UK adults say that they have taken part in some form of learning in the previous three years, while around one third say they have not done any learning since leaving full time education.

Engagement in learning is not evenly distributed across society. Our surveys consistently show that participation in learning is determined by social class, employment status, age and prior learning.

Read our 2014 Adult Participation in Learning report and find previous surveys and accompanying technical information here.