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Resilience: Stories of Adult Learning

Learner stories were collected from across Australia and the United Kingdom, and include voices spanning much of the earth. The anthology originated in two national adult literacies organisations whose members wanted told the stories of the resilience of learners and the value of developing literacies through lifelong and lifewide learning. This is the latest collection…

Stories of Transformation

Transformation. This simple word can mean so much – an untended forgotten garden, with care and nurturing, can transform into a fertile landscape of colour and vibrancy that breathes life into the air… And yet if forgotten, if it remains neglected, it withers, fades and never fulfils what it has the capacity or indeed hidden potential to be… For us transformation…

Reimagining Further Education Conference

Time to Reimagine Suzanne Savage reports on a recent conference at Birmingham City university: “While the government and media continue focussing on the growing number of young people entering universities at age 18, there is a notable absence of attention to the two-thirds of 16-18 year olds who attend a further education college in England.…

FE: the failure of data and State-istics to tell the real story

Don’t Talk FE down! It does a vital job! Another week, another stinging attack on Further Education by the outgoing Head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw.  This time, at the Baker Dearing Conference on 21 July in central London, Sir Michael Wilshaw talked about “an alarming rate of underperformance and failure, especially when we remember…