Adult Learning Framework

The Learning and Work Institute Cymru is currently working with a range of partners to across the adult learning sector to develop a Framework for Adult Learning. The aim is to outline the purpose and principles of adult learning and to deliver a consistent and structured approach to adult learning provision and support for learners across all regions of Wales. The Framework will set out an innovative and responsive curriculum to enable adults to access and progress wherever they are on their learning journey.

In England, the Learning and Work Institute has been piloting a Citizen’s Curriculum, which ensures all individuals have the core set of skills they need for the 21st Century, including English, maths, ESOL, digital, civic, health and financial capabilities. We are committed to widening access to these skills, particularly amongst under-represented groups in society, as well as improving the range and quality of provision available to all adults. These interrelated skills, which underpin lifelong learning, can be made more accessible by being contextualised and developed as an integrated curriculum offer or framework.

The development of a Citizens’ Curriculum framework is being taken forward by thirteen pilots across a range of organisations including colleges, local authorities and charities. The pilots are tapping into what motivates adults to learn, ensuring that more people are learning skills which are relevant to their lives, their needs and their work. Particular areas of focus include provision for homeless / vulnerably housed adults, offenders, ex-offenders, migrants, families and disadvantaged young adults. The pilots will provide insight into methods of adopting a Citizens’ Curriculum approach, how effective the approach is in engaging disadvantaged learners, the impact on learners and providers, and key success factors for both the learner and the provider.

The thirteen participating pilots are: St Mungo’s Broadway, Ashley Housing, English for Action, Leicester College, Women in Prisons, Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, Milton Keynes College (HMP Ranby), The Manchester College (HMP Deerbolt, HMP New Hall, HMP Blantyre) Outsource Training, Rochdale Borough Council, Bradford City Council, Birmingham City Council, Manton Children’s Centre.