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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...

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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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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,...
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Inner conflict – a writing prompt

This week's writing prompt is about inner conflict. Are you wrestling with a problem, for instance, that has a solution, but you're reluctant to take it?...
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Your personal elevator pitch

This week, we're asking you to sum up in 140 characters or less (actually in about 122 characters or less with the hashtag we give...
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Do you wonder what your true calling is?

This question of a true calling, the purpose upon which we were put on this earth is one that has gnawed at me in...