Adult Education

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Software and apps supporting older students with dyslexia

Last year I wrote an article for Special World about apps for dyslexia. From some of the feedback I received it seems that some...
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Older minds outrank 16-19 year olds in literacy and numeracy

A recent study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ranked English students aged 16-19 as the worst of 23 developed nations...
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Government information on advanced learning loans

Overview You can apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to help with the costs of a course at a college or training provider if...
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5 Psychology of learning tips for mature students

Sound advice, based on the psychology of learning, to help all us mature students. I've certainly used all of these techniques effectively and there...
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Plans leaked to FE Week reveal ‘facility’ at Treasury

The Government is planning a fund worth more than £500m to help colleges put in place any area review recommendations, FE Week can reveal. But...
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In praise of Baroness Sharp, and the state of lifelong learning

Last week, the House of Lords debated the current state of adult education and lifelong learning. I’ve now taken some time to read through...
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Open University figures fall for 5th year

The number of students studying at The Open University has fallen for the 5th consecutive year, according to figures released by The Higher Education...
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When is football not football?

I turned away from No. 2 son’s football practice and headed towards the lean, grey-haired man who was erecting goalposts and nets for the...

Could parenting classes be a good idea?

David Cameron announced a raft of new measures to tackle poverty, and the policy that’s grabbed most headlines is for anyone having children to attend...
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On older applicants navigating the world of work

Just about the only thing I'd argue with in this post is the idea that 58 is old! However, I particularly liked the idea...
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One down, 12,200 words to go

I’m particularly fond of this post by our Adult Education Editor, Tim, in mid-December. Not least because I am always a little voyeuristic about...
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Finding our path and going our own way

I love the reflective nature of this blog post. Sam points out that there are many different ways a person can choose to live...

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Silly season #writing prompt… (be warned)

Who remembers that silly game we played as children where you had imaginary fights between things or people? My siblings, friends and I would...
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Write a letter you need to read

I was speaking to one of my young people this week about the foundations of their blog. They said: "I'm just writing the letters I...
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What do you know?

One of the joys (and pain) of being older is that we know stuff. From our first scraped knee to our devastated heart at...
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Hang-ups

We all have hang-ups. Mine is unfairness, the origins of which are lodged in my childhood. There was the time it was suspected a...
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How are you? No, really, how are you?

The Post-40 Bloggers' writing prompt this week asked a simple question - "How are you?" The question was stunningly answered by blogger Hilary Farrow. Ed Whenever you...
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Very first visit to the cinema

We liked Sue's treatment of our writing prompt No. 107 (First cinema experience). Her simple telling of walking out with her dad without, uncommonly,...