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Priorities for Adult Learning in Scotland

This event examines the priorities for adult learning in Scotland, including what more needs to be done to widen access and improve training and support to ensure that every adult in Scotland has access to to lifelong, learner-centred education.

Shaping the future of Adult Learning in Scotland

This is a crucial time for the adult learning sector in Scotland. Five years on from the publication of the Adult Learning in Scotland: Statement of Ambition, the Scottish Government has committed to the development of an Adult Learning Strategy in this year's Programme for Government. The 2014 statement set a vision for adult learning, where 'everyone in Scotland has the right to access high quality learning to meet their needs and aspirations – throughout their lives'. 

Five years on from this statement of intent, does every person in Scotland have access to lifelong, life-wide, learner-centred education? How has the adult learning landscape changed in Scotland over the past five years? What new challenges will the Adult Learning Strategy need to address? The strategy will be developed in the context of a changing job market and demand for new skills, the need for councils to find additional finances to continue to provide learner-centred resources, and it will need to address the respective roles played by third sector organisations, universities, and colleges in the provision of lifelong learning. 

Join us on 31 March as we examine the priorities for the new Adult Learning Strategy and look at examples of good practice in community, lifelong, and adult learning in Scotland.

Key Issues We'll Address With You

  • The needs of the learning community and what should be included in the Adult Learning Strategy 
  • Partnership and co-production models to foster collaboration between local authorities, colleges, and universities
  • Strategies to widen access and enhance learners' participation
  • The role of adult literacy rates in the context of growing community participation needs
  • Impacts of a changing job market: upskilling and re-skilling 

Who should attend?

The event will be useful to:

  • College lecturers
  • University staff responsible for widening access
  • Teachers
  • Local authority education officers 
  • Anyone else involved or interested in developing adult learning plans and planning and delivering education in Scotland

Confirmed speakers

  • Sarah Galloway, Lecturer in Further Education, University of Stirling
  • Jackie Howie, Lead Officer, Learning Link Scotland
  • Georgie Whiteley, Senior Researcher, NESTA 
  • Senior Policy Officer, Adult Learning, City of Edinburgh Council
  • Dr Jim Crowther, Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh and editor of the international journal, Studies in the Education of Adults
  • Adam Lang, Director, Nesta Scotland
  • Chair: Poppy Gerrard-Abbott, Researcher in Sociology, University of Edinburgh 

Agenda*

09:30 Registration and Refreshments

09:55 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair.

Poppy Gerrard-Abbott, Researcher in Sociology, University of Edinburgh 

Session 1: Assessing the Needs and Challenges of the Learning Community

  • Opportunities to learn new employability skills for those impacted by changes to pension entitlement and redundancy
  • The need for informal, structured, and/or certificated pathways 
  • Providing a range of learning opportunities with good quality advice, guidance, and support in place

10:00 Sarah Galloway, Lecturer in Further Education, University of Stirling

10:30 Becoming FutureFit Report on Adult Learning

Georgie Whiteley, Senior Researcher, NESTA

10:50  Jackie Howie, Lead Officer, Learning Link Scotland

11:10 Questions and Discussion 

11:25 Refreshments and Networking

Session 2: Good Practice – Stories of Success in Widening Access and Responding to Changing Demands

  • Inter-generational learning 
  • Supporting parents to gain new skills through learning and training 
  • Overcoming barriers, including experiences of past learning 

11:40 Case Study 1 – Life Skills 

12:00 Case Study 2 – Reskilling and Upskilling 

Senior Policy Officer, Adult Learning, City of Edinburgh Council 

12:20 Questions and Discussion 

12:30 Interactive Discussion 

Delegates will be divided into small groups to discuss what can be learned from these examples of good practice for their own work and organisations. Discussions will be lead by a question set to each table. This will be an opportunity to also consider what these case studies tell us about what should be included in the Adult Learning Strategy. 

13:15 Lunch and Networking

Session 3: Next Steps for the Adult Learning Strategy and Building a Learning Society 

  • Embedding a culture of learning and building a 'learning society' 
  • Encouraging learners to value themselves and become valued in their communities
  • How the Strategy can support learning providers, guiding collaboration and co-production 

14:00 Panel Discussion 

Dr Jim Crowther, Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh and editor of the international journal, Studies in the Education of Adults
Adam Lang, Director, Nesta Scotland

14:50 Closing remarks from the Chair 

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

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Date
31 Mar 2020
Venue
Central Edinburgh
Cost
Reduced rate
1 place £145 + VAT

Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

Standard rate
1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place

Public sector organisations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m​

Private Sector rate
1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place

Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

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