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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
NIACE hopes that the government gives careful consideration to the report from the Access to Education Advocate, Simon Hughes MP.
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.
The learning and skills that people and communities need should be at the heart of the Government's White Paper Open Public Services.
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.
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.
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.
A joint policy position paper on Career Guidance for Adults has been launched by NIACE and NAEGA.
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.
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 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.
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).
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'.
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.
In less than 18 months 2,000 Community Learning Champions have encouraged over 100,000 people to take up learning in some of the country's most disadvantaged communities. These are the headline figures published in a report on Tuesday 29 March.
The Board of NIACE has announced that David Hughes - the current National Provider Services Director at the Skills Funding Agency - will be the new Chief Executive of NIACE, following the retirement of Professor Alan Tuckett in the summer.
To improve the poor numeracy skills of adults - estimated to cost the economy £2.4bn a year - the Government needs to adopt a new approach to numeracy that focuses on how adults use maths and numbers in everyday life, says a NIACE-led Independent Inquiry into Numeracy.
NIACE welcomes two major recommendations of the independent Wolf Report into vocational education for 14-19 year olds, published on Thursday 3 March.
As part of NIACE's mission to work for more and different adult learners, its Chief Executive - Alan Tuckett - has signed the Action for ESOL petition.
NIACE is concerned about the latest Ofsted literacy survey - Removing barriers to literacy - and raises three main points about the way Ofsted reports on literacy work and about the findings themselves.
Family and Inter-generational Learning should be a key element on any future strategies relating to Early Intervention, with the concept of the Learning Family being seen as essential, argues NIACE in response to Graham Allen MP's review of Early Intervention.
NIACE is concerned about the proposed changes to the funding of ESOL. English language skills for adults are essential for individuals living in the UK, particularly if they are living here permanently.
The first prize in the 2010 UNESCO King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education was presented to NIACE at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on Wednesday, 12 January 2011.