Organised by Learning and Work Institute, UCL Institute of Education, UCU, RaPAL and NATECLA: a joint conference on supporting adults with English, maths and ESOL.
Improving adults’ literacy, numeracy and language skills benefits individuals, society and the wider economy. Ensuring that this is well understood and well supported by policymakers - both within adult learning and more broadly across the work of Government - has never been more important at this time of wide-reaching policy change.
Within the sector, providers and practitioners will need to be responsive to the challenges and opportunities current developments bring. These include, for example, the devolution of the Adult Education Budget, increased flexibilities in locally agreed funding deals and the implementation of Functional Skills reform.
Practitioners and researchers in adult literacy, numeracy and ESOL have, collectively, a great deal of know-how about what works in adult literacy, numeracy and ESOL. It’s important that this knowledge, experience and established good practice is not only maintained, but extended, shared and brought to bear on current opportunities and policy developments – for the benefit of policymakers, providers and new practitioners, and not least, for the benefit of all adults, including those with the greatest disadvantages, who stand to benefit from improved language, literacy and numeracy skills.
This conference is a chance to do just that.
Participants will benefit from:
Increased understanding of the policy context in relation to adult literacy, numeracy and ESOL, and the opportunity to engage with policymakers and key national stakeholders
Insights from recent research into adult literacy, numeracy and/or ESOL
Shared practice, resources and ideas from new and innovative projects in adult literacy, numeracy and/or ESOL
The opportunity to reflect on their own practice in adult literacy, numeracy and/or ESOL, and network with others in the field
Participants will also receive a copy of the new RaPAL publication Resilience: Stories of Adult Learning and will be given access to the conference edition of the RaPAL Journal upon publication.