Community Learning Reform

Community Learning Champion Toolkits
27 January 2017

Community Learning Champion Toolkits

Two toolkits providing practical, accessible information, advice and resources for CLC co-ordinators and volunteers themselves, developed by the CLC National Support Programme.

Learning Clubs and Groups
27 January 2017

Learning Clubs and Groups

Information and resources providing step-by-step support for volunteers wishing to set up and run self-organised community learning activities.

Learning Together
27 January 2017

Learning Together

Guide for facilitators of community learning, including volunteers, targeted at those without formal teaching qualifications and covering a wide range of roles.

Sheffield Digital Outreach Trainers (DOTS) website
27 January 2017

Sheffield Digital Outreach Trainers (DOTS) website

Materials and resources for volunteer digital champions, including bite-size tutorials, developed through the Making IT Personal project with Sheffield Adult and Community Learning Service.  Registration needed to access training materials, but you do not have to...Read more »

Volunteering in Community Learning Partnerships
27 January 2017

Volunteering in Community Learning Partnerships

Report of a short research project carried out by NIACE with five local Community Learning partnerships, to explore the role of  volunteers and volunteering in their proposals.  The findings provide a snapshot of the sector’s current...Read more »

Shared services bulletins 4 and 5
26 January 2017

Shared services bulletins 4 and 5

Bulletins summarising lessons learnt from 2012/13 shared services in adult learning projects.

Different models of delivery
26 January 2017

Different models of delivery

Although not directly relating to diversifying funding, different business models can increase financial flexibility.

Pound Plus in practice – volunteering
26 January 2017

Pound Plus in practice – volunteering

Example of CLT and volunteering in Blackburn with Darwen – Youtube presentation on how volunteering delivered Pound Plus and aligned with the Council’s priorities.

WEA Pound Plus Research
26 January 2017

WEA Pound Plus Research

The WEA has undertaken research to quantify the additional income and savings that the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) generates in an academic year over and above the direct funding from the Government via the Adult Skills...Read more »

Exploring other funding streams
26 January 2017

Exploring other funding streams

Handout from CLT workshop on exploring other funding streams

Shared services
26 January 2017

Shared services

A summary of publications on shared services in colleges and local authorities – their contribution to financial efficiencies and the costs associated with establishing shared services.

Pound Plus in practice – using engagement to develop in-kind contributions
26 January 2017

Pound Plus in practice – using engagement to develop in-kind contributions

West of England CLT used a ‘Partner Pledge’ to engage new 150 new partners who provided in-kind contributions . Derby CLT used a learning festival to engage new learners but the festival also lead to new...Read more »

Pound Plus in practice – fee strategies and cross-subsidisation
26 January 2017

Pound Plus in practice – fee strategies and cross-subsidisation

Two  presentations – Cumbria and Solihull CLTs – illustrating approaches to fee strategies and cross-subsidisation.

Pound Plus data collection tool
26 January 2017

Pound Plus data collection tool

A new tool for collecting Pound Plus data has been developed by RCU. This new sector-led initiative, led by membership organisations, aims to pilot a standard way of collecting this type of data to help providers...Read more »

Pound Plus Summary
26 January 2017

Pound Plus Summary

Summary of Pound Plus definitions & template used by CLT pilots to record Pound Plus activity.

Pound Plus in practice – developing new markets
26 January 2017

Pound Plus in practice – developing new markets

Example from Kent  CLT of using market analysis to develop new provision and increase direct income.

Pound Plus Survey 2014/14: Final Report
26 January 2017

Pound Plus Survey 2014/14: Final Report

This report provides the findings of a survey, conducted by RCU, to capture evidence of the ‘Pound Plus’ (or financial added value and leverage) of publically-funded community learning. Pound Plus is a distinctive element of the...Read more »

Public health framework
26 January 2017

Public health framework

This website lists the documents and outcomes for the public health framework.

Overall summary report
26 January 2017

Overall summary report

This report presents the findings of a short project undertaken by NIACE between to investigate how Community Learning reform was being implemented locally in the first year of full, national policy roll-out. It provides a snapshot...Read more »

Localism in plain English
26 January 2017

Localism in plain English

The plain English Guide to the Localism Act.

My Community Rights website
26 January 2017

My Community Rights website

This website covers the community rights under the localism act and explains in accessible language with case studies.

Colleges in their Community
26 January 2017

Colleges in their Community

These two reports, produced as part of the Colleges in their Community Inquiry, are of interest in realtion to curricula development and approaches to local area planing of adult learning.

NIACE (2012) Local accountability for adult learning and skills: a community perspective
26 January 2017

NIACE (2012) Local accountability for adult learning and skills: a community perspective

Focuses on the experiences of local community organisations working with Kirklees Council, which commissions its community learning provision locally as part of a long-term strategy of capacity-building in the local community.

RCU/LEAFEA case studies
26 January 2017

RCU/LEAFEA case studies

Six case studies demonstrating a range of approaches to Pound Plus”

NIACE (2013) Curriculum for difficult times
26 January 2017

NIACE (2013) Curriculum for difficult times

Shows how providers, working in different local contexts, have developed a new curriculum. The work of these projects was based on the assumption that in difficult times the learning and skills curriculum will have to become...Read more »

Family Learning Inquiry
26 January 2017

Family Learning Inquiry

The resources below were created as part of the NIACE Inquiry into Family Learning that was launched in October 2012 to gather new evidence of the impact of family learning, to develop new thinking and to...Read more »

Using Resident Data to Plan Curriculum and Marketing Campaigns
26 January 2017

Using Resident Data to Plan Curriculum and Marketing Campaigns

This case study describes a process of using population segmentation data to plan a bespoke curriculum and improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of marketing. Relevant documents are available separately.

Developing a locality approach to strategic planning for community learning
26 January 2017

Developing a locality approach to strategic planning for community learning

A co-ordinated approach to strategic planning from providers and other relevant local organisations and employers is essential to plan a cohesive, inclusive and locally focused learning offer across an area. This guidance highlights the main factors...Read more »

Growing Community Learning provision and increasing participation
26 January 2017

Growing Community Learning provision and increasing participation

This Case Study focuses on how, since 2010, Hampshire County Council (HCC) has planned major growth in community learning provision and enabled greater participation and impacts across the county. It will also highlight the strategic imperatives...Read more »

A Curriculum for Difficult Times
26 January 2017

A Curriculum for Difficult Times

This report shows how providers, working in different local contexts, have developed a new curriculum. The work of these projects was based on the assumption that in difficult times the learning and skills curriculum will have...Read more »