Education Scotland has a Family Learning Framework

Published in April this year Education Scotland’s Family Learning Framework is designed to close the attainment gap and raise attainment for all.

They believe that family learning can be a catalyst for helping adults take up education opportunities and gain employment. And of course this has an impact on children’s aspirations too.

In 2016 they did a review of family learning and found that this intervention works in terms of reaching disadvantaged families and communities. When they participate in family learning it improves their life chances.

Research on social media and adult education

social media and adult education

Using social media for educational purposes still remains a resource available to every adult educator. In January 2013, a study was published titled Social media in adult education. This study is still relevant even though some social media platforms have changed since then.

Adult Learning Australia’s Pre Budget Submission 2018-2019

ALA Lifelong learning

Adult Learning Australia’s (ALA) most recent pre budget submission puts the case for greater investment in non-formal education.

Again they are asking for a formal policy on lifelong learning ‘as an essential feature of a healthy democracy.’

They are also wanting a restoration of their funding so they can provide PD, research and support for the sector.

UK Learning and Work Institute resources on quality control

Learning and Work Institute

The Learning and Work Institute is ‘an independent policy and research organisation dedicated to lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion.’ It is the organisation that has replaced the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) and the Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion.

They have resources on their site including guidelines on Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement (RARPA) quality assurance for non-regulated provision under the Adult Education Budget.

UK research on barriers to learning

Barrier to learning

A UK report, Barriers to learning for disadvantaged groups was published in August 2018.

This qualitative research found that there has been a decline in the numbers of adults participating in skills training and publically funded learning, and that this will have an impact on the country’s future prosperity, fairness and inclusion.