Adult Education

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Colleges’ nationwide cyber attack

Colleges hit by a nationwide cyber attack on FE and higher education providers were today told that “blocks” had been put in place to...
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The Citizens’ Curriculum

One of the most promising aspects of devolution is the potential to develop better adult learning opportunities that genuinely meet the needs of local...
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FE learners down by 1.3 million

There are 2.6 million adults currently enrolled on further education courses. This is 1.3 million fewer than in 2010. A further cut of 17%...
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University of The Empty Nest

Your children, Edwina and Cuthbert, as we have lovingly named them, have now settled in at Readingham University, they have overcome first term flu,...
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New approach to Britain’s life skills shortfalls

Britain has 5 million adults who lack functional literacy and numeracy, and 11 million without basic digital skills. This holds back social inclusion, individual...
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Do you know your learning style?

Do students learn best when teaching methods match their learning style? Will they do better when activities are aligned to their learning strengths and...
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The Apprentice and the confusion about negotiation

One of my guilty pleasures is watching “The Apprentice”. It’s back on our screens at the moment and this week’s episode featured one of...
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MOOCs – an adult learning game changer

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)  are a great way for people interested in learning to get a taste for new subjects - for free....
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Elders can change things by…being themselves

David writes about how a lifetime of learning can be put to use in serving others by "showing up, by being different, by having...
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NEET (not in education, employment or training) is not limited to...

“Whilst it is absolutely right that education and skills are a key focus of the Government’s Plan to raise the nation’s productivity, the proposals...
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On informal education without measurements

Not everything that is valuable can be measured, but formal education paradigms always requires measurement. Even the much heralded MOOCs invariably seem to want...
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Helping adult learners learn the basics

Tackling weak basic skills is hard and incentives to learn are often lacking. The fact that some adults cannot understand the instructions printed on a...

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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,...