English, maths and ESOL Conference

Adult basic skills: building back better | Wednesday 4 November 2020

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The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted inequalities in health, quality of work and labour market opportunities for individuals, families and communities. Basic skills levels are key in this. People have relied on literacy, numeracy, language and basic digital skills to access essential services online, stay connected, seek health advice or work from home. But those who don’t have the opportunity, the means or the skills to do this have been disadvantaged.

Around nine million adults in the UK are held back by low basic skills. Better basic skills are vital to our national response to coronavirus, supporting a skills-led recovery and building back better to create a more inclusive and fairer society.

This year’s conference will highlight how a focus on adult basic skills can enhance the employment and skills policy response to the pandemic. As providers experiment with new ways of engaging learners and offering provision online, the conference will consider what the ‘new normal’ means for adult learners, in terms of quality and access to provision.

We will explore what we know, and don’t know, about what works in adult basic skills, to help identify what more needs to be done.

Participants will benefit from opportunities to

  • Learn about the latest developments in policy. Vote on your top of the policies. What should investment in adult basic skills and ESOL provision look like and which initiatives will support more adults to take up basic skills learning?
  • Find out about new resources to support delivery. How are providers and practitioners adapting to learning in the ‘new normal’ and ensure that adult basic skills provision remain accessible and inclusive?
  • Hear about effective practice from the sector. Gain valuable insights into recent research and evaluation within the sector and identify the kinds of research you would like to see happening to support the sector.

Confirmed speakers

  • Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute
  • Sam Sims, Chief Executive, National Numeracy (invited)
  • Catherine Sezen, Senior Policy Manager, Association of Colleges
  • Helen Ryan, Policy Officer, National Adult Literacy Agency, Ireland
  • Alex Stevenson, Head of English, Maths and ESOL, Learning and Work Institute
  • John Casey, Senior e-Learning Technologist and Citizen Literacy project, City of Glasgow College
  • Seana Friel, Researcher, Learning and Work Institute
  • Representative from English for Action
  • Representatives of the conference partners and Festival of Learning award winners.

Draft programme (timings to be confirmed)

Welcome, orientation and introductions
Ministerial address

Gillian Keegan MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills invited

Learner Testimonies

Meet two winners of this year’s Festival of Learning learner awards.

Panel

Around nine million adults in the UK are held back by low basic skills and the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted inequalities in health, quality of work and labour market opportunities for individuals, families and communities. Why should we focus on adult basic skills and can doing this really enhance the employment and skills policy response to the pandemic?

Comfort break (see you in 15 minutes)

Delegates join Zoom breakout session.

Breakout 1: Top of the Policies

What should investment in adult basic skills and ESOL provision look like and which initiatives will support more adults to take up basic skills learning? Vote on your top of the policies.

Breakout 2: Learning in the new normal

How are providers and practitioners adapting to learning in the ‘new normal’ and ensure that adult basic skills provision remain accessible and inclusive?

Breakout 3: What Works in adult basic skills?

Hear about effective practice from the sector and gain valuable insights into recent research and evaluation within the sector and identify the kinds of research you would like to see happening to support the sector.

Sponsorship 

If you want to find out more about partnering with us to deliver an event, please contact Mintra Sadler.

 

 

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Our partners

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  • UCU
  • RaPAL
  • NATECLA