Meeting disadvantaged groups needs

This resource guide follows a NIACE seminar - Meeting community needs: community learning providers and the voluntary sector: working together to meet the needs of disadvantaged groups held in January 2014.  The event aimed to encourage dialogue between community learning providers and voluntary sector organisations, in order to understand and address key issues in meeting the needs of very disadvantaged learners, and to share current effective practice. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' (BIS) Further Education reform plan stated that the public subsidy given to providers for community learning should focus on supporting access and progression for those who are disadvantaged and furthest away from the labour market. 

This resource guide is designed as a menu for the suite of resources created as a result of the above event. It also includes resources from other projects and events which address issues raised.

Decision-makers meet learners
27th January 2017

Decision-makers meet learners

A guide to holding a ‘decision-makers meet learners’ event as a way of engaging local commissioners and decision-makers and generating an understanding of the contribution community learning can make to their agendas.

Notes – Commissioning
27th January 2017

Notes – Commissioning

A summary of the discussions from round tables looking at commissioning approaches that improve the learning offer for disadvantaged groups.

Curriculum co-design
27th January 2017

Curriculum co-design

A guide to introducing a co-design approach to developing a curriculum for disadvantaged groups.

Notes – Curriculum development
27th January 2017

Notes – Curriculum development

A summary of the discussions from round tables looking at curriculum development to meet the needs of disadvantaged groups.

Capacity building – notes
27th January 2017

Capacity building – notes

A summary of the discussions from round tables looking at capacity-building of voluntary and community organisations.

The adult learning landscape: an overview
27th January 2017

The adult learning landscape: an overview

Presentation by Jon Gamble, Director of Community Learning Reform, Skills Funding Agency at the NIACE/L&Q summit for housing and homelessness organisations, October 2013.

Barriers for disadvantaged groups
27th January 2017

Barriers for disadvantaged groups

A stimulus paper providing background information for those attending the seminar.

The policy context
27th January 2017

The policy context

Presentation by Nicolette Divecha, Assistant Director, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

Community learning and disadvantage
27th January 2017

Community learning and disadvantage

Presentation by Jane Watts, Programme Manager, NIACE.