Research and Practice in Adult Literacy – a friendly group


Research and Practice in Adult Literacies (RaPAL) is the only UK-wide organisation that focuses on the role of literacies in adult life. We promote effective and innovative practices in adult literacies teaching, learning and research; and support adult literacies practitioners and researchers. We enjoy engaging in debates that touch on English language and literacy, numeracy and digital skills across homes, communities and workplaces. Through our members, digital journals, conferences and fora, policy and advocacy work, we are active in Europe and have international links.

Current Activity

RaPAL 100 Project - a patchwork of 100 providers

RaPAL100 Project: adult literacies across the nations


‘Space on a Page’ teaching and learning forum

Stories of Resilience: a 'live book' conversation corner

Stories of Resilience: a ‘live book’ conversation corner

2020 Special Edition

Current Journal Edition: next deadline 30th September 2021

RaPAL Taster Journal 2017

RaPAL Taster Journal 2018

Resilience: Stories of Adult Learning

Resilience: Stories of Adult Learning

What RaPAL Does

We are an independent network of learners, teachers, managers and researchers in adult education. The network was established in 1985 and is supported by annual membership subscription only. The benefits of being a member include:
– participation in continuing professional development in the sector,
– three journals each year,
events such as conferences,
– an email discussion forum via JISClist.
Any individual or institution may join who sympathises with our aims.

The RaPAL management group organises regular meetings throughout the year both online and at different locations around the country. RaPAL’s members are welcome to participate in these meetings and get involved with RaPAL.

Please contact the Regional Advocate for your area to find out more.

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