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22 May 2012

Ofsted’s new maths report welcomed by NIACE

NIACE welcomes Ofsted's recognition of the importance of parents and carers in supporting children's maths in its latest report into maths teaching - Mathematics: made to measure - published on 22 May.

NIACE response to Employer Skills Survey 2011
22 May 2012

NIACE response to Employer Skills Survey 2011

In response to the publication today of the Employer Skills Survey from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, NIACE is concerned over the number of employers not carrying out any training, but believes more can be done to encourage them.

22 May 2012

Lifelong learning and social mobility – a helpful start but more to do?

The publication by the Deputy Prime Minister of an update on progress towards improving social mobility in the UK on 22 May, is welcomed by NIACE for the recognition it gives to the role of lifelong learning.

21 May 2012

Pilots giving communities a say over learning

Applications are now closed for a pilot scheme which will work with local people and organisations to develop proposals to shape community learning in England.

18 May 2012

NIACE welcomes new services to support parents

NIACE has welcomed the Government's announcement on 18 May of more advice, information and support for parents.

NIACE calls for renewed policy dialogue on inspection
8 May 2012

NIACE calls for renewed policy dialogue on inspection

NIACE welcomes the proposals focussing on the quality of teaching and learning in its recently submitted response to Ofsted's consultation - A good education for all - but calls for a renewed policy dialogue on inspection.

4 April 2012

NIACE welcomes National Careers Service

The launch of the National Careers Service on Thursday 5 April, is a welcome indication of government's on-going commitment to the development of a good quality service for adults, but more could be done for young adults, says NIACE.

NIACE response to Review on Professionalism in FE
28 March 2012

NIACE response to Review on Professionalism in FE

NIACE is pleased that the Independent Review Panel on Professionalism in Further Education is seeking to resolve the uncertainty which has existed over the future direction of professional standards across further education.

26 March 2012

New BBC series to address adult literacy

The BBC One series about adult literacy, Secrets and Words, shown Monday 26 March - Friday 30 March, was developed with help from NIACE, encouraged adults to improve their skills and was accompanied by online resources for both learners and tutors.

More support needed for young adult carers
21 March 2012

More support needed for young adult carers

NIACE's call on education providers to do more to support young adult carers, was supported by Dame Philippa Russell, Chair of the Government's Standing Commission on Carers, at a national conference on 21 March.

20 March 2012

Online access in sheltered housing has widespread benefits

Providing computers and training in sheltered housing across the country has had a positive impact for both residents and landlords through the Get Digital programme - delivered by NIACE and Digital Unite - according to an evaluation report published on Friday 16 March.

NIACE welcomes new Social Justice strategy
20 March 2012

NIACE welcomes new Social Justice strategy

NIACE welcomes the Government's launch of the new Social Justice strategy - Social Justice: Transforming Lives - as it contains much which NIACE believes will please adult educators across the country.

9 March 2012

NIACE welcomes launch of National Numeracy

NIACE welcomes the recent launch of National Numeracy and looks forward to continuing to work closely with the new organisation to make the case for more, better and different maths learning for adults.

Greater freedom for FE colleges announced
27 February 2012

Greater freedom for FE colleges announced

The announcement that further education colleges will no longer be classified as part of central government has been welcomed by NIACE, which believes the decision will benefit adult learners.

23 February 2012

Next Steps for Digital Inclusion

Race Online, UK online centres and many others joined NIACE at a seminar on Thursday 15 March, to explore how the remaining 8.2 million people in the UK who have never been online, can be supported.

9 February 2012

More support for employers could double ‘apprenticeship appeal’

The number of employers prepared to take on an apprentice would more than double if the right package of support was available from Government and learning providers, says a new survey of 1,000 employers commissioned by Pearson and NIACE.

1 February 2012

NIACE welcomes NAO’s adult apprenticeship statement

NIACE welcomes the statement made by the National Audit Office that ‘Apprenticeships for adults offer a good return for the public money spent on them overall'.

30 January 2012

Drop in mature HE applications is a ‘warning sign for ministers’

The substantial drop in applications for higher education from mature students - announced in UCAS figures on Monday 30 January 2011 - is a significant cause for concern, NIACE believes.

NIACE welcomes BIS’s annual grant letter to Hefce
27 January 2012

NIACE welcomes BIS’s annual grant letter to Hefce

NIACE welcomes BIS's continued commitment to the premium universities in England receive to engage students from disadvantaged backgrounds, as confirmed in its annual grant letter to Hefce.

27 January 2012

Perspectives on further education loans

NIACE has today published a special issue of Adults Learning to inform the ongoing debate about the introduction of further education loans for adults over 24 years in England from 2013.

4 January 2012

NIACE response to interim UCAS figures

The drop of 14.4% in UCAS applications since 2011, from those aged 25 and over, is more than double the average overall drop of 6.4%. These are findings from the latest application figures released by UCAS and are of concern to NIACE.

15 December 2011

NIACE welcomes Government’s 16-24 participation strategy

NIACE welcomes the publication of the Government's new strategy to maximise the participation of 16 - 24 year olds in education, training and work and is particularly interested in the further details of the Youth Contract announced by the Deputy Prime Minister last month.

2 December 2011

NIACE welcomes new proposals for the reform of FE

NIACE welcomes the publication of New Challenges, New Chances, launched on 1 December 2011 by BIS. It sets out a strong vision for adult education with learners at the heart of a system which delivers economic and social renewal for individuals, families and communities.

1 December 2011

NIACE response to the 2011 Skills for Life Survey

NIACE insists that it is vital to continue investing in the literacy and numeracy needs of adults in its response to the Government's publication of the 2011 Skills for Life Survey: Headline Findings, which was published on Thursday 1 December 2011.

25 November 2011

NIACE welcomes Government’s Youth Contract

The announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (on Friday 25 November) of the Youth Contract - which will offer 400,000 young people aged 16 - 24 subsidised employment, work experience or apprenticeship opportunities - is broadly welcomed by NIACE.

18 November 2011

Army learning programme wins award

A NIACE-supported Army programme which reduces inequalities in health by helping to improve the literacy, language and numeracy skills of adults, has won the Military-Civilian Health Partnership Awards for Health Improvement and Promotion.

14 November 2011

Colleges Inquiry – final report published

If colleges in England are to do ‘more with less' then the Government needs to cut ‘red-tape' and all colleges need to do more to engage with and respond to learners and their local communities, says the final report of the Colleges Inquiry published on 15 November.

Engaging unemployed women in training
3 November 2011

Engaging unemployed women in training

As unemployment rates for women rise to the highest levels in 17 years, NIACE and the Skills Funding Agency have published a report setting out strategies for engaging women in pre-employment training and for supporting them to achieve and progress.

NIACE welcomes university admissions review
31 October 2011

NIACE welcomes university admissions review

NIACE welcomes the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) consultation on a post-results higher education (HE) admissions system, its ambition to put students at its heart, and the distinct needs of mature and part-time students recognised in the report.

NIACE submits response to FE consultation
18 October 2011

NIACE submits response to FE consultation

NIACE's full response to the Government's New Challenges, New Chances consultation - and its responses to the two accompanying consultations on FE loans and informal adult and community learning - are all available to read online.