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.
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.
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.
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.
NIACE has welcomed the Government's announcement on 18 May of more advice, information and support for parents.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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 continued commitment to the premium universities in England receive to engage students from disadvantaged backgrounds, as confirmed in its annual grant letter to Hefce.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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'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.