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Last year the UK Centenary Commission on Adult Education published their report, “A Permanent Necessity…”.

They focused on 6 areas:  

  • framing and delivering a national ambition
  • ensuring basic skills
  • fostering community, democracy and dialogue
  • promoting creativity, innovation and informal learning
  • securing individual learning and wellbeing
  • attending to the world of work.

Their first recommendation is as follows:

“Given the profound importance of adult education and lifelong learning to democratic life, social cohesion, economic prosperity, and individual wellbeing, Government should lead in developing a national Adult Education & Lifelong Learning Strategy that secures the engagement of the whole of Government while recognising the importance of devolved decision making. The Strategy should include a commitment to a participation target which seeks to reduce the gap between the most and least educationally active.”

Click here to read this report.