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Welsh Government Adult Learning Policy
14th July 2017 by Wendy Ellaway-Lock

Welsh Government Adult Learning Policy

This week the Welsh Government published their new adult learning policy.  Broadly speaking it represents a step in the right direction and recognition that adult and community learning has an important part to play in employability,...Read more »

19th February 2017 by Wendy Ellaway-Lock

Opening up education

Openness is everywhere in education at the moment: at the back end of 2011 a free course in Artificial Intelligence had over 160,000 learners enrolled; in 2012 in the UK the Government followed other national bodies...Read more »

14th January 2016 by Wendy Ellaway-Lock

Further Education at the Heart of a New Vision for Education, Skills and Employment

The publication of the PPIW report Fostering High Quality Vocational Further Education in Wales provides a welcome opportunity to reflect on the huge change that the FE sector in Wales has been through over recent years, and also...Read more »

17th June 2015 by

Time to grasp the digital challenge…

It’s hard for many of us to imagine a day without the internet, a smartphone, or a computer of some sort. Technology changes everything, we’re often told. Despite this, in Wales 18 per cent of adults...Read more »

13th June 2015 by

What about adult education?

Against a backdrop of budget cuts, restructures, and in some cases course and centre closures, you might think there is little to celebrate for those of us passionate about lifelong learning. However, this week, as we...Read more »

27th February 2015 by

Girls into STEM

The National Assembly for Wales’s Presiding Officer, Rosemary Butler AM, has put the issue of barriers to women in public and professional life at the top of the political agenda in Wales as part of her...Read more »

27th February 2015 by

Education should not discriminate

With tightening budgets, adult education, which was once the leading way for adults who may have missed out on traditional education, is becoming a collapsing and underfunded form of education. As the winner of Young Adult...Read more »

27th February 2015 by

DANGEROUS TIMES: Learning to manage them

27DANGEROUS TIMES: learning to manage them Raymond Williams Memorial Lecture, Cardiff, Feb 2015   This lecture is a kind of double memorial.  It is formally in memory of Raymond Williams, and I’ll come to him in...Read more »

26th February 2015 by

Education as a means to recovery: Are recovery colleges a dangerous idea?

The debate on public services in the UK has been intense over the last few years, particularly in Wales. It’s the first time since the establishment of devolved government we’ve seen governments of different colours at...Read more »

25th February 2015 by

A Shared Responsibility

It’s difficult to doubt the positive impact that adult education has on people’s lives. Without the obvious benefit of opening doors to employment, whatever the format or level of learning, it has the potential to re-shape...Read more »