Local area planning for community learning providers needs to be seen in a wide and expansive context.It is about ensuring that learning and skills for all adults are integrated into the local change agenda resulting from the reform of public services, the localism act and local changes due to austerity. Key to this is ensuring that Government funding for community learning adds value to other programmes and works effectively to meet local and strategic needs.
Each locality will be taking a different approach - it is now recognised across Government that "one size does not fit all". Adult learning providers will need to be aware of the strategic shape and priorities of the locality and consider how to work with local people, communities and partners to shape the curriculum to meet the change agenda.
When considering local area planning the answers to the following questions will provide a starting point:
Answers to these questions will provide the basis for community learning providers to work with wider partners and other learning providers to identify which areas are priorities and to plan locally to ensure learning for these is central to economic and social wellbeing.The key role for community learning providers is to ensure that across the range of local provision"the scaffolding" is in place for learners to be able to learn, progress and thrive, especially those who have traditionally not participated in learning.
Guidance on the role of LEPs, combined authorities and local authorities in area review process.
Local Government Association hub, providing resources on relevant legislation, combined authorities, directly elected mayors, devolution deals, City and Growth deals and engaging citizens in devolution
This National Audit Office Report offers update on the 10 devolution deals agreed, plus 34 proposals received by Cities and Local Growth Unit to September 2016
AoC Report on the findings of research by AoC and the Centre for Skills Knowledge and Organisational Performance around potential impact and benefits of devolution
This website lists the documents and outcomes for the public health framework.
This website covers the community rights under the localism act and explains in accessible language with case studies.
The plain English Guide to the Localism Act.
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.
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 »
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 »
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.