European Agenda for Adult Learning
Work across the priority areas; 2015-17 programme
Adult Basic Skills
- Presentation to the VET Seminar- European Basic Skills Challenges, Aveiro Portugal. 10-11 December 2015.
- Briefing to the National Advisory Group on Peer Volunteers and Learning. 16 March 2016.
- Speech, including Citizens’ Curriculum, at the Scottish Adult Learning Partnership Conference. 23 May.
- Seminar on work based skills to organisations involved in adult learning in England. Input from colleagues from Folkeuniversitetet. 9 June.
- SBS Seminar Summary, Penistone and Stevenson: Work related basic skills. Lessons from Europe. July 2016.
- The Value of a Citizens’ Curriculum. SCUTREA. 6 July 2016.
- HOLEX Network Meeting. 8 July 2016.
- Presentation at The UCL Institute of Education’s prison education conference ‘Aspirational and Engaging Education for All’. 8 July 2016.
- Stepping Up to STEM Careers with the Citizens’ Curriculum. IntoWork Convention. 11 July 2016.
- Citizens’ Curriculum. DFE presentation. 10 August 2016.
- A case study seminar focused on the Citizens’ Curriculum Pilot in Rochdale. National Union of Students. 4 October 2016.
- Presentation- Basic Skills- the Citizens’ Curriculum. Adult Education and Employment Seminar (Bratislava). 18 October 2016.
- Skype Presentation of the Citizen’s Curriculum Pilot in Rochdale, Edinburgh University. Scotland Impact Forum. 26 October 2016.
- English Maths ESOL final programme 2016. 3 November 2016
- Presentation – Citizens’ Curriculum and Workplace Literacy . English, maths and ESOL Conference. 3 November 2016
- Presentation – Citizens’ Curriculum. Youth Employment Convention. 5 December 2016
- Presentation – Citizens’ Curriculum. Seminar, European Vocational Skills Week. 6 December 2016
- Presentation – Life Skills in Europe Inception Meeting. 9 February 2017
- EBSN and Luxembourg EAAL Conference Programme . June 2017
- Citizens’ Curriculum – Briefing for PublicCo and NOCN. July 2017
- Citizens’ Curriculum Follow Up Evaluation Report. October 2017
Young Adults Employability
- What Employers Want: Website.
- Improving Young People’s Employability. Wales Into Work Convention. 13 October 2016.
- Leicestershire WE Care network meeting. 4 May.
- Turnaround to Work reference meeting. 30 June.
- AE Pro webinar. 17 May 2016.
- Desk research report
- Update for Impact Forums
- Case study 1 – Drive Forward Foundation
- Case study 2 – Barnardo’s Carefree
- Case study 3 – Sheffield Futures
- Case study 4 – Communities First
- What Employers Want – 2016/17 Findings – Final Report
- Webinar Slides – What Employers Want: Improving Young People’s Employability
- Sheffield Futures presentation
- Drive Forward poster
- Barnardo’s Carefree Report
- Website blog
- YEC slides
- Training/briefing session slides
Digital Skills for Underrepresented Groups
- Cross UK partner meeting 1. Research Analysis – July 2016.
- Steering Group Minutes
- AE Pro Online Course (outline attached)
- Cross UK partner meeting 2. August 2016.
- Presentation: Digital Skills and Learning Policy and Practice for NAG
- Digital Skills Policy Event – invitation to the event.
- Digital Skills Policy Event: attendee list.
- Digital Skills Policy Event; discussion topics
- Digital Skills Policy Event; presentation Planning for Future Skills
- Digital Skills Policy Event; summary (Kirkholt)
- “Using technology with adults” (initial case study identification document)
- Partner communications plan (document)
- Presentation online course revised PPT
- LEAFEA presentation digital skills PPT
- Report on findings of digital skills survey of adult educators
- BYOD Opportunities and barriers
- Template for webinar facilitators
- Presentation digital skills VCSE forum
- Programme digital skills policy event
State of the Nations report
- Briefing on report to impact forums England, NI and Wales and Scotland
- Research brief for the literature review on the impact of adult learning on health
- Research brief for the literature review on the impact of adult learning on work
- Stimulus paper for the impact of learning on work
- Initial work plan and final work plan.
- Research review paper on Health and Adult Learning
- Stimulus Paper for the Impact of Adult Learning in Communities
- Stephen Evans presentation to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Adult Education, 5 September 2017
- Health, Wealthy and Wise: the impact of adult learning in the UK
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
- 24 February 2016: Agenda. Minutes. Terms of reference. List of attendees confirmed for EAAL England. Delegate list. Presentation- Building Skills for All: A review of England. Briefing on the UK National Coordinator; Impact Research and Reporting. Briefing on the EAAL workplan.
- 9 June 2016: Agenda. Minutes. Delegate list. Research review paper on Health and Adult Learning. England Impact Forum responses to the OECD report, Building Skills for All: A Review of England. “English for Action” presentation. Work-related basic skills: lessons from the rest of Europe. Presentation- The impact of adult learning on health and wellbeing.
- 9 June 2016: Seminar on work-based skills to organisations involved in adult learning/follow up to the OECD country report on England Building Skills: Agenda. Seminar- Straighten Basic Skills. Success indicators for effective delivery of work-related basic skills training to low-skilled workers and the unemployed. Straighten Basic Skills: Seminar Evaluation Form. Basic skills in the workplace presentation.
- 4 October 2016: Agenda. Delegate list. Minutes. Presentation – An Anti Poverty Skills System. Briefing- Employability Skills for Young Unemployed Adults. Presentation – What Employers Want. Presentation- The Impact of Adult Learning on Work. Citizens’ Curriculum seminar agenda.
- 17 January 2017: Agenda. Delegate List. Signed Delegate List. Presentation: Impact of Adult Learning on Health and Communities. Research Review Paper on Health and Adult Learning.
- 7 March 2017: Agenda. Minutes. Delegate List. Signed Delegate List. Presentation: Productivity, Learning and Wellbeing. Presentation: The Impact of Learning on Participation in Work, Progression and Productivity. What Works: Wellbeing.
- 16 May 2017: Agenda. Presentation: Impact of Work and Learning on Communities. Communities Theme.
- Oct 2017 – England Case Study Collection
Northern Ireland Impact Forum
- 16 June 2016: Agenda. Research review paper on Health and Adult Learning. Community Development and Health Network (CDHN) presentation- “The Pharmacy Experience”. Carnegie UK briefing- “Towards a Wellbeing Framework”. Big Lottery Fund, Health, wellbeing and learning slides. Briefing. Presentation- The impact of adult learning on health and wellbeing.
- 30 September 2016: Agenda. Minutes. Presentation- Allstate NI Learning and Development. Learning and development at “Allstate”- briefing. Presentation- Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. Examples of workplace and employability training programmes. Note from meeting of impact forum sub-group on the theme of adult learning & work. Presentation- Ulster University, NI Skills Barometer.
- 24 November 2016: Agenda. Minutes. Start360. Presentation: Adult Learning and Community. WRDA Presentation. Presentation: Cool Choices.
- 27 March 2017: Agenda. Minutes. Presentation: Putting People First – Community Plan. Presentation – A Shared Agenda for Inclusive Growth – Belfast Agenda.
- 15 June 2017: Agenda. Minutes. Presentation: Access Programme Partnership. Joined up approaches that change lives. SRC Presentation.
- 22 September 2017: Agenda. Minutes. Presentation: Impact of Adult Learning on Communities.
- 26 October 2017: Agenda. Delegate List and Attendance. Presentation: Setting the Agenda. Chair’s Presentation. Presentation: Building the Belfast Agenda. Speaker’s Biographies. Presentation: Adult Learning and Community Planning.
- Oct 2017 –Northern Ireland Case Study Collection
Scotland Impact Forum
- 23 May 2016: Scotland Impact Forum Introductory Conference, Edinburgh. Programme.
- 22 June 2016: Agenda. Minutes. Presentation- The Impact of adult learning on health and wellbeing. Presentation- Adult learning and health inequalities.
- 5 September 2016: Agenda. Minutes. Presentation- Adult learning skills and work. Employability in Scotland. The impact of learning on work: a stimulus paper. Presentation- the impact of adult learning on work. Scotland’s labour market strategy.
- 26 October 2016: Agenda. Minutes. Presentation- The Citizens’ Curriculum Pilot in Rochdale. Presentation- Community Empowerment Theory and ULab. UK report on the impact of adult learning “communities” research.
- 27 January 2017: Agenda. Reporting Framework. Impact Insight Report.
- 25 April 2017: Agenda. Research Review Paper on Health and Adult Learning.
- Oct 2017 – Scotland Case Study Collection
Wales Impact Forum
- 9 February 2016: Agenda. Attendees. Minutes. Adult learning and Prudent Health Care video. Presentation- Can adult learning play a prudent role in prudent health care (Northamptonshire County Council Adult Learning Service). Presentation – The Health Gap.
- 13 October 2016: Presentation- Employment routes. Presentation- Ageing Well in Wales: how to improve the employability and skills of people aged 50+? Presentation- Third Sector Engagement in Adult Skills Development. Employability and skills- Wales.
- 23 November 2016: Final Programme. Presentation: Adult and Community Education in Ireland. Presentation: Education Scotland. Presentation: Impact of Learning on Community.
- 23 May 2017: Agenda. Attendees. Presentation: Work and Wellbeing. Presentation: Modern Working Practices. Impact of Learning on participation in work, progression and productivity. . Presentation: Impact of Learning on Work. Presentation: Employability Plan for Wales.
- 19 July 2017: Agenda. Attendees. Presentation: Well North. Bromley by Bow Centre. Presentation: Health by Stealth.
- Oct 2017 – Wales Case Study Collection
Final Conference 2017
Our October 2017 conference, Adult Learning: Setting the Agenda 2017, was a joint conference with EPALE UK. At the conference over 100 delegates from 11 countries had the opportunity to discuss and engage with the evidence on the impact of adult learning, including among others the UNESCO Third Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE III). The conference gave space to develop ideas as to what a lifelong learning approach to wider policy development could offer.
This highlights video brings together the voices of learners, international experts, as well as participants from various stakeholder organisations from a range of sectors across the UK. it illustrates the enormous importance of adult learning to the health and well-being of our communities, but also the community, in the face of future challenges.
Conference storify day 1, 4 October 2017
Conference storify day 2, 5 October 2017
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.
Conference day 1, 10 September 2015
Introductory presentation from David Hughes, CEO of NIACE.
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, 11 September 2015
Northern Ireland (FALNI): Inspiring Impact presentation: Collaboration on Impact
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.
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
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 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
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
Digital learning and problem-solving
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
Livestream from NIACE Digital Learning Conference, 14 November 2014
Presentation to Northern Ireland Impact Forum 17 June 2015
Digital families presentation with BIS October 2015
Storify media story of the Digital Skills Conference November 2014
Storify social media story of the EAAL conference September 2015
Blended Learning for niche groups action research report September 2015
Social media supporting NIACE Digital Learning Conference, 14 November 2014
Social media supporting final EAAL conference, 10-11 September 2015
Impact Forums 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.
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 17 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 1 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 28 September 2015: Agenda, minutes, Basic Skills key questions form, Basic Skills key questions reply from Welsh Government, AONTAS 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 10 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 12 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 28 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 24 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 17 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 2015, NIACE Adult Learning and Technology presentation (Kevin Campbell-Wright).
Northern Ireland Impact Forum and Conference 6 October 2015: Conference programme, minutes, attendance list, biographies, EAAL Prezi presenation by Joyce Black. Barnardos 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 23 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 11 June 2015 Capturing Wider Impact workshop: Workshop invitation, Peer 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 11 June 2015 Impact Forum meeting: Agenda, Minutes, NIACE 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 10 – 11 September 2015: See conference resources above.
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
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.