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:

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.

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.

Community through cooking – in the Wairarapa

The Wairarapa Community Centre Trust’s mission statement is ‘Empowering our community to be resilient and to work together to meet needs as they arise’; or as Manager Beverley Jack puts it, “we want to empower and connect our community, sharing knowledge and working together so that our whole community becomes aware of what is actually happening in our community.”

International: Spreading our wings – it is all about learning from others

By Linda Melrose - Adult and Community Education, Onehunga High School
In November Nigel Sutton from Wellington High School and I travelled to San Diego for the annual LERN (Learning Resources Network) conference. For four days we were able to enjoy the company of around 500 plus attendee’s from across America.