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:

Finding a life of purpose through Koha Kai

Six years ago Janice Lee (Ngāti Porou, Ngai Tahu) was employed as a support worker for a disability NGO in Invercargill – watching their clients receive some support but then just moving on to another disability organisation: there was no road to independence. So she decided to do something about it.

The Muse – creating connections and community

The Muse Community Music Trust in Otautahi Christchurch is challenging people’s view of themselves as musicians. Many of the people who join classes and choirs often believe they are too old, too young, or not talented enough to be real musicians. When you look at the Trust’s website, it says that they believe that music is not a question of talent, rather it is lack of opportunity that divides ‘musicians’ from ‘non-musicians’. They believe competition doesn’t belong in art, and that we learn best when we are having fun and we feel safe.

ĀPŌPŌ – a cultural community with a global pathway

When ĀPŌPŌ established their premises in Wellington eight months ago, they chose the place carefully: it is on the site of the old Te Aro Pa, opposite what is becoming Wellington’s big new event centre, across the road from Te Papa, and alongside Xero and Trademe. “We are beside New Zealand’s best,” says Miriame Barbarich (Tamahaki – Ngāti Hinekura, Ngā Puhi – Ngai-tū-te-auru), one of the co-founders, “And we have a maunga to raise our aspirations towards, the moana to draw on its kaha and mana to drive initiatives over the line.”

The UMMA Trust – building relationships and pathways

Auckland’s UMMA Trust, which was established in Auckland 17 years ago, provides services for former refugee and migrant communities, with a focus on the wellbeing of Muslim women, children and families who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

UMMA is an Arabic word that means – a world Muslim community. And while the Trust supports former refugees and migrants by reaching them through their own cultures and languages, their programmes are designed to support the challenging process of settlement.

Hui Fono 2020

Analiese Robertson, Professional Development Manager, ACE Aotearoa
Up to 150 Māori and Pasifika adult and community educators came together in Hokitika 26-27 Hui-tanguru (February), celebrating 13 years. Hui Fono continues to provide professional development to a workforce that has the least access and yet represents the highest proportion of a population underserved in education. Hui Fono 2020 was held in collaboration with the iwi of Ngāti Waewae at Arahura marae, supported by WestREAP.

Ngāti Hauai – removing barriers and creating opportunities

Ko te piko o te māhuri tērā te tupu o te rākau - The way the sapling is bent is the way in which it will grow

Central Otago REAP has celebrated 40 years

By Bernice Lepper, Manager, C.O. REAP
At the end of last year we celebrated 40 years of providing educational opportunities for rural people. At our afternoon tea for invited guests we reflected on REAP’s history then proceeded to deposit a time capsule and plant a tree to mark the occasion.

Looking back, we found that we have been a flexible and nimble organisation, changing in response to community needs and government funding priorities.

Pacific Island Women’s Refuge – and youth development

In response to the needs of young Pacific people concerned about family violence, the Auckland Pacific Island Women’s Refuge, the only Pacific Island Women’s Refuge in the country, has organised a Youth Development Programme.