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by Cerys Furlong • on 14 Jan 2016

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...

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on 17 Jun 2015

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...

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by Cerys Furlong • on 13 Jun 2015

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...

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by Amy King • on 27 Feb 2015

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...

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by Sarah Rees • on 27 Feb 2015

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...

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by Tom Schuller • on 27 Feb 2015

DANGEROUS TIMES: Learning to manage them

DANGEROUS 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...

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on 26 Feb 2015

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...

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by Becca Rosenthal • on 25 Feb 2015

A Shared Responsibility

[1] 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...

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Yellow Brick Road

by John Graystone • on 24 Feb 2015

The Yellow Brick Road of Learning

At the recent Festival of Dangerous Ideas debate ‘Is Education Wasted on the Young?’, Louise Taylor, CEO of the Big Learning Company, made a remarkable comment – possibly the first person to live to...

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