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27th February 2015 by Wendy Ellaway-Lock

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 Wendy Ellaway-Lock

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 Wendy Ellaway-Lock

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 Wendy Ellaway-Lock

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 »

24th February 2015 by Wendy Ellaway-Lock

Dreaming of dangerous adult literacy ideas

Skills for Life At the turn of this century, probably the most significant investment in UK history, was made in adult literacy, ESOL and numeracy in England, through the Skills for Life Strategy.  Standards were set;...Read more »

24th February 2015 by Wendy Ellaway-Lock

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 200 years...Read more »

23rd February 2015 by Wendy Ellaway-Lock

It’s time to start counting carers…

There are 370,000 carers in Wales. That is 370,000 people, aged from 5 to over 80, providing unpaid care to their friends and family. That is the figure reported in the 2011 census. It’s not perfect,...Read more »

23rd February 2015 by Wendy Ellaway-Lock

Alleviating poverty through education

Whilst the UK economy moves out of recession and in to a period of growth, Local Authorities and other organisations in the immediate hinterland of Welsh HE institutions   are facing severe reductions in funding that...Read more »

20th February 2015 by Wendy Ellaway-Lock

The Child’s Voice First

How do we know we are educating children and young people for the real world? Well that is a big question. Can recruiters advise on the quality of the graduates that join them? Certainly. Can we...Read more »

17th February 2015 by Wendy Ellaway-Lock

The Digital Apprentice: A Dangerous Idea

The gap in skills is a big, bad, and growing problem. For those that possess today’s need to operate complex digital tools and technology – Increasing rewards will follow – and for those that don’t it’s...Read more »