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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.

National programme gets over 100,000 adults learning
29 March 2011

National programme gets over 100,000 adults learning

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.

24 March 2011

New NIACE CEO announced

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.

18 March 2011

New approach to adult numeracy crucial

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.

14 March 2011

Wolf Report welcomed by NIACE

NIACE welcomes two major recommendations of the independent Wolf Report into vocational education for 14-19 year olds, published on Thursday 3 March.

5 February 2011

NIACE signs Action for ESOL petition

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.

Concerns over latest Ofsted literacy survey
27 January 2011

Concerns over latest Ofsted literacy survey

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.

21 January 2011

NIACE response to Early Intervention review

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.

20 January 2011

ESOL learners at risk – NIACE’s view

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.

International ICT in Education prize for NIACE
11 January 2011

International ICT in Education prize for NIACE

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.

NIACE members recognised in New Year Honours List
4 January 2011

NIACE members recognised in New Year Honours List

NIACE congratulates all those associated with adult further and higher education whose work was recognised in the New Year Honours List 2011.

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