UK research on what works in terms of improving the outcomes for disadvantaged students

This January the UK Social Mobility Commission published a report, Improving attainment among disadvantaged students in the FE and adult learning sector. Their findings were based on a review of 63 studies from 4 countries.

Their findings included:

ACE: “A Permanent Necessity…..”

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:

ACE Conference Cancelled


After careful consideration the ACE Aotearoa Board has made the decision to cancel the ACE Conference at Waipuna Hotel, May 19-20 due to travel disruption and risk presented by the Covid 19 virus.
Those who have registered for the conference will receive a full refund and are advised to contact their airline re travel bookings.
The ACE AGM will be postponed to later in the year.
We will begin planning for an ACE Conference in 2021 and look forward to seeing you there.

Smart Learning Cities Forum in Australia

In February this year, Adult Learning Australia, in partnership with RMIT and the Australian Learning Cities Network 26, organised a Smart Learning Cities Forum.

The forum examined Smart City developments and linkages with Learning City approaches.

UNESCO defines a learning city as a city that: