Head of English, Maths & ESOL
Alex Stevenson is Head of English, Maths & ESOL at Learning and Work Institute, leading on the development of a Citizens’ Curriculum approach in adult learning. He also contributes to wider research and development activity on English and maths within Learning and Work Institute’s ‘Life and Society’ Strategic Plan.
Alex’s recent projects have included research on current issues in ESOL, English and maths policy, including the implementation of new GCSEs in English and maths, ESOL learners’ progression to Functional Skills English, and intensive English and maths provision for unemployed adults. He is currently managing the Citizens’ Curriculum pilot project, as well as Learning and Work Institute’s contribution to a number of European partnership projects in basic skills.
Before joining NIACE in 2013, Alex taught, managed and developed ESOL, English and maths provision for over 13 years in several settings in the learning and skills sector. His MA research, awarded a distinction, focused on supporting young adult ESOL learners’ progression to vocational courses.
Alex is a committed lifelong learner, having completed a number of professional qualifications whilst working, and an avid reader. He follows the fortunes of Manchester United and the England test cricket team, and occasionally dusts down his Fender Tele to knock out the odd funk guitar lick.