Introduction adult basic skills needs
Stephen Evans, L&W
10.ooam – 1.00pm
Stephen Evans, L&W
Simon Parkinson, WEA
Andrew Brownlee, SOLAS
Basic skills – including literacy, numeracy, ESOL and digital skills – are key to improving adults’ life chances. With participation in learning falling, the need to rethink how we widen access and engage more adults in learning is greater than ever.
Although around 9 million adults lack basic literacy and numeracy, current learning and skills policy development is skewed towards Level 3 qualifications and above. While higher level and technical skills are important, basic skills are essential for people to thrive in life and work and progress on to further learning.
The high level of basic skills needs is compounded by plummeting levels of adult participation in English, maths and ESOL. On current trends it would take 36 years for all adults with low literacy or numeracy to participate in learning.
This conference will highlight the importance of a clear ambition that every adult is equipped with essential basic skills. It will showcase learner voices, policy innovations and effective practice to engage adults and deliver high quality learning that makes a difference.
During the conference, we will
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Andrew Brownlee, Chief Executive Officer, SOLAS (Further Education and Skills Service Ireland)
Dr Sue Pember, Policy Director, HOLEX
Simon Fuller, Curriculum Manager for English & Maths, ESOL and Family Learning, Islington Council
Rachel Öner, Education Training Consultant, NATECLA
Kathryn Janes, Education Consultant
Tara Furlong, Chair, Research and Practice in Adult Literacy
Rachel Greenslade, Sheffield Lifelong Learning and Skills
Lucy Palmer, Wakefield College
Kirsty Young, Festival of Learning ambassador (Return to Learning)
Shahida Aslam, Festival of Learning nominator, Helena Kennedy Foundation
Razia Fez, Festival of Learning ambassador (ESOL)
Sarah Cremer, Festival of Learning nominator
Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute
Alex Stevenson, Head of Essential and Life Skills, Learning and Work Institute
Corin Egglestone, Research Manager, Learning and Work Institute
Ekaterina Aleynikova, Researcher, Learning and Work Institute
Literacy, numeracy, digital and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) are essential for life, work and communities. Our work focuses on how to engage adults with this type of learning and building the evidence on what works to deliver it.
Our work focuses on improving policy, practice and developing new approaches to engage more adults in basic skills learning.