This resource guide follows a NIACE seminar - Meeting community needs: community learning providers and the voluntary sector: working together to meet the needs of disadvantaged groups held in January 2014. The event aimed to encourage dialogue between community learning providers and voluntary sector organisations, in order to understand and address key issues in meeting the needs of very disadvantaged learners, and to share current effective practice. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' (BIS) Further Education reform plan stated that the public subsidy given to providers for community learning should focus on supporting access and progression for those who are disadvantaged and furthest away from the labour market.
This resource guide is designed as a menu for the suite of resources created as a result of the above event. It also includes resources from other projects and events which address issues raised.
A guide to holding a ‘decision-makers meet learners’ event as a way of engaging local commissioners and decision-makers and generating an understanding of the contribution community learning can make to their agendas.
A summary of the discussions from round tables looking at commissioning approaches that improve the learning offer for disadvantaged groups.
A checklist for community learning commissioners.
A guide to introducing a co-design approach to developing a curriculum for disadvantaged groups.
A summary of the discussions from round tables looking at curriculum development to meet the needs of disadvantaged groups.
A summary of the discussions from round tables looking at capacity-building of voluntary and community organisations.
Presentation by Jon Gamble, Director of Community Learning Reform, Skills Funding Agency at the NIACE/L&Q summit for housing and homelessness organisations, October 2013.
A stimulus paper providing background information for those attending the seminar.
Presentation by Nicolette Divecha, Assistant Director, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.