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People with mental health difficulties

LSC Mental Health Strategy

Providing high-quality learning provision for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is the core ambition of the refreshed Mental Health Strategy, from the Learning and Skills Council, launched at the 4th NIACE Mental Health Conference on Thursday 5th March 2009.

Thursday 5 Mar 2009
Ian Rankin

Quick Reads’ authors speak

Best-selling crime writer Ian Rankin and reading expert Patience Thomson talk about their Quick Reads, "A Cool Head" and "101 Ways to Teach Your Child to Read"

Wednesday 4 Mar 2009
Quick Reads. Easy to pick up, hard to put down

Quick Reads get adults reading

New research shows that Quick Reads are having a hugely positive impact on improving the reading levels of adults. Increased confidence, writing and communication skills are reflected by adults' progression in learning.

Wednesday 4 Mar 2009
Mother and son learning together

New lottery funding for family learning

Five million families in England will benefit from new lottery funding awarded to a project run by the National Family Learning Network, which will support family learning practitioners across the country.

Tuesday 3 Mar 2009
Big Ben

Widening Participation in HE

NIACE welcomes the Public Accounts Committee report on widening participation in higher education, but warns against sidelining mature and part-time students.

Thursday 26 Feb 2009

CALL lobby of Parliament

Over 500 people attended the CALL lobby of Parliament on 25 February to question their MPs over the loss of 1.4m adult learning places across England in the last three years.

Thursday 26 Feb 2009
An Asylum Seeker Learning English

Number of asylum seekers falls

Chris Taylor, NIACE Development Officer for ESOL, responds to the Office for National Statistics figures released on Tuesday 24th February 2009. She argues that language as a lifeline is even more affordable for asylum seekers and they do have a Right to a Voice.

Wednesday 25 Feb 2009
Federation for Community Development Learning

Community development workers - have your say

Community development workers are encouraged to have their say about working with communities and creating learning opportunities - in a consultation ending this Friday, 27 February 2009.

Wednesday 25 Feb 2009

CALL lobby of Parliament

DIUS Secretary of State - John Denham - faced questions, on 25 February, over the loss of 1.4 million adult learning places across England in the last three years, with over 500 people attending the Campaigning Alliance of Lifelong Learning lobby of Parliament.

Wednesday 25 Feb 2009
Lord Dearing

Lord Dearing

The death of Lord Dearing on 19 February 2009 at the age of 78 means that adult learners have lost one of their most thoughtful and open-minded champions in Parliament.

Tuesday 24 Feb 2009
Conservative and Liberal Democrat Logos

Opposition support for adult learning

The recent announcements from the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives, repeated by David Willetts, of a commitment to increase spending of £100 million on adult and community learning have been warmly welcomed by NIACE.

Friday 13 Feb 2009
Female Mechanic

Women's skills need Government action


The recession will not be gender neutral - new report says. NIACE welcomes the publication of the report, Closing the Gender Skills Gap, from the National Skills Forum.

Wednesday 11 Feb 2009
Kaiwan Mahmud

A Right to a Voice - get involved


NIACE supports the learning of asylum seekers. As part of A Right to a Voice, NIACE is setting up groups for asylum seekers, supported by volunteers, to meet weekly and help each other.

Wednesday 11 Feb 2009
Older worker

Careers advice works for older workers

There are overwhelming benefits for older workers and their employers who take part in careers advice and training sessions, research by NIACE shows.

Thursday 5 Feb 2009
TSNLA: many voices, one vision

New website for third sector learning

A website giving a national voice to voluntary and community sector learning providers has been launched by NIACE on Wednesday 4th February 2009.

Wednesday 4 Feb 2009
students graduating

'Concerning Fall' in part-time HE students

NIACE is deeply concerned by the sudden decline in part-time students enrolling in higher education. In 2007/08 there were 21,435 fewer - a fall of 3 per cent - UK part-time students according to figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), on the 29th of January 2009

Monday 2 Feb 2009
map of Britain on a keyboard

Digital Britain - education programme needed

A widespread programme of public education must be integral to any future initiatives for a Digital Britain, otherwise people will continue to be marginalised, says NIACE (the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education), in response to Lord Carter's interim report, Digital Britain , ...
Friday 30 Jan 2009
Language Student

ESOL policy changes – have your say

NIACE is continuing to investigate the effects that the 2007 changes to ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) funding arrangements have had on providers and the ESOL offer. The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) has commissioned our work, and we expect to ...
Thursday 29 Jan 2009
Person reading a book

Parliament Report on Basic Skills - NIACE responds

Government investment to improve the basic skills of adults has been impressive but should now target the least confident learners during the economic downturn. This is NIACE's headline response to the Public Accounts Committee report, Skills for Life: Progress in Improving Adult Literacy and ...
Thursday 29 Jan 2009
Kaiwan Mahmud

A Right to a Voice

The momentum for the Right to a Voice Campaign is growing. Over 100 organisations and individuals have now expressed support for the campaign. These include organisations like: NATECLA (National Association for Teaching English and other Community Languages to Adults) UCU (University and ...
Friday 23 Jan 2009
someone writing

Improving the lives of gypsies and travellers

Only one in 25 gypsy and traveller children achieves five top GCSE grades. To help them and their families a book, Working with Gypsy/Traveller families, is being published by NIACE at a conference in Sheffield on, Friday 23 January 2009. The book - part of NIACE's Lifelines series - provides an ...
Friday 23 Jan 2009
Naomi Sargant

Selected writings of Naomi Sargant published

A collection of writings from the influential educator, reformer, writer and broadcaster - the late Naomi Sargant - was published by NIACE on Wednesday 21st January 2009. Lifelong Learning: a brave and proper vision was published to co-incide with the inaugural Naomi Sargant Memorial Debate ...
Friday 23 Jan 2009
palm top computer

Digital Inclusion

NIACE responds to the digital inclusion action plan consultation. NIACE welcomes the proposals in the Digital Inclusion Action Plan launched for consultation by the Department of Communities and Local Government. Responding to the consultation - [PDF]  - which has now closed - NIACE agrees ...
Wednesday 21 Jan 2009
elderly person at computer

New strategy needed for the over-50s

Older people need more opportunities to learn if they are to actively contribute - rather than be a cost to society - during the twenty or more years they spend in 'retirement', a new study of learning and population changes reveals. The report - commissioned by the Independent Inquiry into the ...
Monday 19 Jan 2009
Person writing

Clear writing saves businesses billions

At least half of adults with poor basic skills are in jobs, costing employers around six billion pounds a year and many employees find it difficult to understand the range of texts they have to read at work. To help people in the workplace, NIACE is running a Readability workshop today - Monday ...
Monday 19 Jan 2009