Adult Education

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Lifelong learning: where are we now?

My father's generation had an expectation of being able to leave school, college or university and work for a single organisation for around 40...
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Learning through life

Five years ago this autumn, the two-year Inquiry into the Future for Lifelong Learning, sponsored by NIACE and led by a group of expert...
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Adult education: organisations giving information and advice

This information lists organisations which give advice and information about, or run, adult education courses. Many produce information leaflets or guides to courses which...
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Sir David Attenborough in ground-breaking OU/BBC series ‘Life Story’

This month, lovers of natural history will be taken on the greatest of all adventures – the journey through life, in a new BBC...
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The constant fear of not being able to read or write

Chris Potts battled literacy issues until his mid-40s. He told TheJournal.ie how his life has changed since conquering them. I LEFT SCHOOL at 13 years...
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Was I like her?

Me “Okay …4 times 5.  Let’s count up in 5′s using the blocks.  Five….” Her  “Ummmm" 10...and "ummmmm” Me  “Come on, we’ve just counted up when...
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Miliband’s missing words and why they matter

Many column inches have been expended since it was revealed that the speech delivered by Ed Miliband on Tuesday was not the one he...
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The mature student’s perspective

My oxford dictionary says that the word mature means ‘fully grown’ or ‘like a sensible adult’ so if we put this together with the...
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Am I too old to learn a new language?

When Adrian Black met his Italian partner 10 years ago, he was determined to learn her home language. Having successively picked up French a...
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How many illiterate adults are there in England?

Less than one per cent of adults in England would be described as completely illiterate, although this absolute definition is not often used. More common...
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GCSEs, class and inequality

I’m always struck at this time of year by the huge amount of pressure we place so early on the shoulders of young people....
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While the cat’s away

… student life carries on much as normal for those of us who are on distance learning courses. This weekend I managed to submit...