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.
|Welcome, orientation and introductions|
Gillian Keegan MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills invited
Meet two winners of this year’s Festival of Learning learner awards.
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.
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