Whatever happened to our vision of a learning society: The Learning Age 20 years on
9 January 2018 by Alan Tuckett

Whatever happened to our vision of a learning society: The Learning Age 20 years on

‘The Learning Age’, a Government Green Paper published in the 1990s, includes a preface by David Blunkett which offers a generous vision of the value of lifelong learning. Lord Blunkett recognises the role adult learning plays...Read more »

Reflections on the Annual English, Maths and ESOL Conference
16 November 2017 by Alex Stevenson

Reflections on the Annual English, Maths and ESOL Conference

Last week, Learning and Work’s annual conference on supporting adults with English, maths and ESOL took place at UCL Institute of Education.  This major event – organised in partnership with UCL IoE, RaPAL, NATECLA and UCU...Read more »

Why we need to wake up to falling participation in adult basic skills
18 October 2017 by Alex Stevenson

Why we need to wake up to falling participation in adult basic skills

Normally, I’d rather watch an outstanding learner testimony to the impact of learning to read and write than delve into the 19+ English and maths participation statistics, but the most recent figures are compelling. Only not...Read more »

Are participation and achievement the same thing?
18 October 2017 by Mark Ravenhall

Are participation and achievement the same thing?

Last week’s further education statistics provided some thoughtful reading.  As a researcher who reads a lot of adult educational statistical reports from across Europe, I’m always impressed by the amount of statistical analysis we go into...Read more »

Going down: the continuing falls in adult participation in learning
12 October 2017 by Stephen Evans

Going down: the continuing falls in adult participation in learning

The word disastrous is overused. But it feels apt when looking at the latest data on participation in learning by adults. Let’s start at the beginning. There are reports going back at least 200 years that...Read more »

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