Local Area Planning

Community Learning activities

Local area planning for community learning providers needs to be seen in a wide and expansive context.It is about ensuring that learning and skills for all adults are integrated into the local change agenda resulting from the reform of public services, the localism act and local changes due to austerity. Key to this is ensuring that Government funding for community learning adds value to other programmes and works effectively to meet local and strategic needs.

Each locality will be taking a different approach - it is now recognised across Government that "one size does not fit all". Adult learning providers will need to be aware of the strategic shape and priorities of the locality and consider how to work with local people, communities and partners to shape the curriculum to meet the change agenda.

When considering local area planning the answers to the following questions will provide a starting point:

  • What is the local structure from the council for area planning - ward, constituency level or different level?
  • How are local people involved in this - what are their learning needs?
  • What changes are taking place under the localism act? e.g. asset transfer - what are the learning needs?
  • What is the local labour market information indicating the local priorities are?
  • What are the Local Enterprise Partnership’s priorities for learning and skills?
  • What are the social inclusion priorities for the LEP and how are these being formulated in the European Funding plan?
  • How is LEP planning for learning and skills involving communities and third sector organisations?
  • What are the local priorities for families defined as being at risk?Where can learning as a family be integrated?
  • What are the local priorities for public health? Are learning outcomes shown in such a way as to meet the public health outcomes?
  • How are demographic changes effecting the local area - what are the learning needs arising from these changes?

Answers to these questions will provide the basis for community learning providers to work with wider partners and other learning providers to identify which areas are priorities and to plan locally to ensure learning for these is central to economic and social wellbeing.The key role for community learning providers is to ensure that across the range of local provision"the scaffolding" is in place for learners to be able to learn, progress and thrive, especially those who have traditionally not participated in learning.

Area Review Guidance for LEPs and local authorities
27th March 2017

Area Review Guidance for LEPs and local authorities

Guidance on the role of LEPs, combined authorities and local authorities in area review process.

DevoNext Resources Hub
27th March 2017

DevoNext Resources Hub

Local Government Association hub, providing resources on relevant legislation, combined authorities, directly elected mayors, devolution deals, City and Growth deals and engaging citizens in devolution

English Devolution Deals
27th March 2017

English Devolution Deals

This National Audit Office Report offers update on the 10 devolution deals agreed, plus 34 proposals received by Cities and Local Growth Unit to September 2016

The Long-term Implications of Devolution and Localism for FE in England
27th March 2017

The Long-term Implications of Devolution and Localism for FE in England

AoC Report on the findings of research by AoC and the Centre for Skills Knowledge and Organisational Performance around potential impact and benefits of devolution

Public health framework
26th January 2017

Public health framework

This website lists the documents and outcomes for the public health framework.

Overall summary report
26th January 2017

Overall summary report

This report presents the findings of a short project undertaken by NIACE between to investigate how Community Learning reform was being implemented locally in the first year of full, national policy roll-out. It provides a snapshot...Read more »

Localism in plain English
26th January 2017

Localism in plain English

The plain English Guide to the Localism Act.

My Community Rights website
26th January 2017

My Community Rights website

This website covers the community rights under the localism act and explains in accessible language with case studies.

NIACE (2012) Local accountability for adult learning and skills: a community perspective
26th January 2017

NIACE (2012) Local accountability for adult learning and skills: a community perspective

Focuses on the experiences of local community organisations working with Kirklees Council, which commissions its community learning provision locally as part of a long-term strategy of capacity-building in the local community.

Family Learning Inquiry
26th January 2017

Family Learning Inquiry

The resources below were created as part of the NIACE Inquiry into Family Learning that was launched in October 2012 to gather new evidence of the impact of family learning, to develop new thinking and to...Read more »

Developing a locality approach to strategic planning for community learning
26th January 2017

Developing a locality approach to strategic planning for community learning

A co-ordinated approach to strategic planning from providers and other relevant local organisations and employers is essential to plan a cohesive, inclusive and locally focused learning offer across an area. This guidance highlights the main factors...Read more »

Growing Community Learning provision and increasing participation
26th January 2017

Growing Community Learning provision and increasing participation

This Case Study focuses on how, since 2010, Hampshire County Council (HCC) has planned major growth in community learning provision and enabled greater participation and impacts across the county. It will also highlight the strategic imperatives...Read more »

Using Resident Data to Plan Curriculum and Marketing Campaigns
26th January 2017

Using Resident Data to Plan Curriculum and Marketing Campaigns

This case study describes a process of using population segmentation data to plan a bespoke curriculum and improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of marketing. Relevant documents are available separately.