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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.

16 October 2011

NIACE joins the Age Action Alliance

NIACE is a founder member of the Age Action Alliance, launched this month, a network of national and local agencies working together to celebrate the lives of older people and to improve the lives of the most marginalised.

12 October 2011

Local Democracy Week 2011

Across the country local authorities brought together young people and adults in a range of events to learn about how local government works and discuss key local issues, during Local Democracy Week (10-16 October).

5 October 2011

Ufi Charitable Trust sells Ufi Ltd and learndirect

NIACE hopes that learndirect will continue to strive for the highest standards of learner support, following the announcement by the Ufi Charitable Trust (UCT) that it has sold Ufi Limited, the company behind the learndirect brand.

3 October 2011

More projects funded for adult community learning

Another 27 organisations from across England have secured a total of £900k in funding from the Skills Funding Agency to offer informal adult and community learning opportunities to help make the Big Society a reality.

HE White Paper – full NIACE response
21 September 2011

HE White Paper – full NIACE response

In its response to the HE White Paper consultation, which closed on 20 September 2011, NIACE has argued that higher education should be viewed as part of a wider framework of lifelong learning.

19 September 2011

Every woman’s right to learn

A ten-point manifesto to help ensure every woman has the right to learn is being distributed by NIACE at the three main party conferences, which will lead to the publication of a final manifesto, ‘Every Woman's Right to Learn', on International Women's Day 2012.

16 September 2011

Capturing social value

To support the increasing emphasis placed by Government on capturing the return and value of adult learning for economic and social purposes, NIACE has produced three publications illustrating the social value of adult learning.

13 September 2011

NIACE update on ESOL policy changes

NIACE has published its latest update on the government policy changes to funding for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in England.

12 September 2011

Inquiry’s recommendations to improve adult literacy

Addressing adult literacy needs must be regarded as a moral imperative and the cycle of inter-generational difficulties with literacy must be broken. These are the main findings of a year-long Independent Inquiry into Adult Literacy, supported by NIACE.

2 September 2011

Organisations funded for adult and community learning

59 organisations from across England have secured funding from the Skills Funding Agency to offer informal adult and community learning opportunities, to help make the Big Society a reality as part of the new Adult and Community Learning Fund.

Ofsted report on learners – NIACE responds
23 August 2011

Ofsted report on learners – NIACE responds

NIACE Programme Manager Yola Jacobsen discusses the publication of the Ofsted report Progression post-16 for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities with its focus on learners' transition from school to post-16 settings.

22 August 2011

NIACE signs MOUs with digital learning partners

To improve digital learning opportunities for adults, NIACE has cemented its relationship with two key leading national partners in the field of learning and technology this week - JISC Advance and the Association for Learning Technology (ALT).

22 August 2011

Improving the futures of young NEETs

Boosting the capacity of third sector organisations will have a positive impact on the long term futures of young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), states a new report from NIACE commissioned on behalf of the government.

Reforming further education in England
16 August 2011

Reforming further education in England

The publication of New Challenges, New Chances by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), continues the government's consultative approach to the reform of the further education sector.

More local discretion over skills funding promised
10 August 2011

More local discretion over skills funding promised

NIACE warmly welcomes the announcement that colleges will be given more freedom to deliver skills for employment and growth, as what it hopes to be the first step towards greater local flexibility in delivering adult skills and meeting community needs.

Poor numeracy skills need addressing widely
10 August 2011

Poor numeracy skills need addressing widely

NIACE welcomes the new numeracy report - commissioned by the Conservative Party and published on Monday 8 August - but argues that poor numeracy skills need to be addressed not just in schools, but for the whole population.

22 July 2011

NIACE responds to Hughes Report on improving access to education

NIACE hopes that the government gives careful consideration to the report from the Access to Education Advocate, Simon Hughes MP.

19 July 2011

ESOL Announcement: a qualified welcome

NIACE welcomes the government's modification of its earlier decisions concerning the funding of ESOL, to help overcome the negative impact on learners in settled communities needing to learn English.

13 July 2011

NIACE responds to Open Public Services

The learning and skills that people and communities need should be at the heart of the Government's White Paper Open Public Services.

NIACE survey finds disabled learners at risk
8 July 2011

NIACE survey finds disabled learners at risk

Learning providers are confused about provision for adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and many people are at risk of missing out on learning, according to a survey from NIACE of over 100 practitioners, published on Monday 11 July 2011.

4 July 2011

Learning Essential for Future of Care

The role of learning needs to be secured and enhanced for people in care settings and their carers, says NIACE in response to the publication of the Fairer Care Funding/Dilnot Report.

HE White Paper – NIACE response
1 July 2011

HE White Paper – NIACE response

NIACE welcomes plans in the government's new HE White Paper to give students more powers and reduce the cost of higher education, but maintains some concerns. Paul Stanistreet, NIACE's lead on HE comments.

New Policy Position Paper on Adult Careers Guidance
22 June 2011

New Policy Position Paper on Adult Careers Guidance

A joint policy position paper on Career Guidance for Adults has been launched by NIACE and NAEGA.

10 June 2011

NIACE welcomes new Work Programme

NIACE welcomes the government's new Work Programme - launched on Friday 10 June - and believes it has the potential to support harder to reach adults, as long as learning opportunities are embedded within it.

Film of Sir David Attenborough’s award presentation
16 May 2011

Film of Sir David Attenborough’s award presentation

A film of Sir David Attenborough being presented with the first ever Outstanding Contribution to Adult Learning Award by Business Secretary, Vince Cable - as part of the 20th Adult Learners' Week National Award Ceremony - is now available to watch.

NIACE response to Ofsted numeracy report
8 April 2011

NIACE response to Ofsted numeracy report

NIACE reiterates the need for a radical change in how adult numeracy learning is addressed, in its response to Ofsted's report - Tackling the challenge of low numeracy skills in young people and adults - published on Friday 8 April 2011.

7 April 2011

NIACE analyses evidence for Government

NIACE is examining evidence to assess the social and economic impact and value for money of Informal Adult and Community Learning, on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Skill’s demise a loss to learners
7 April 2011

Skill’s demise a loss to learners

NIACE believes the news, from earlier this week, that Skill - the National Bureau for Students with Disabilities - has closed is a ‘great loss to learners'.

Chair of Colleges Inquiry visits Leicester
31 March 2011

Chair of Colleges Inquiry visits Leicester

Baroness Sharp of Guildford, Chair of the national Colleges in their Communities Inquiry - led by NIACE, the Association of Colleges and the 157 Group - has visited Leicester College in one of the Inquiry's five place-based seminars designed to gather evidence.

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