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Author Archive: Tara Furlong

National Standards and Subject Content Consultations

RaPAL are gathering members’ reviews of the final draft of the new national Functional Skills Subject Content for English and maths for the early September deadline. If members have missed the call, please contact your Regional Advocate or keep an eye out for the repeat in the newsletter at the end of the month. More …

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Weaving Literacy Through Lifelong Learning

The British Association for Literacy in Development (BALID) will be hosting a seminar on Friday 18th November 2016 (10.30-16.15) in central London entitled Weaving literacy through lifelong learning The keynote speaker is Dr Ulrike Hanemann, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) on ‘Promoting lifelong learning: incorporating multi-sector approaches to literacy’. The seminar will be chaired …

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Building Skills for All: A Review of England

OECD Skills Studies: Policy Insights from the Survey of Adult Skills Malgorzata Kuczera, Simon Field, Hendrickje Catriona Windisch Early interpretations of the autumn 2013 Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) results for England and Northern Ireland rang some terrible alarms: we’re at the bottom of pretty much everything, with only the US and some of the southern …

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The European Literacy Policy Network

The conference from 20th to 22nd January 2016 at the historic Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam saw the culmination of ELiNet’s two year project bringing together 78 literacy institutions across 28 European countries. It issued a call for literacy to be recognised as a fundamental human right.

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NALA PIAAC analyses

Since 2013, Ireland’s NALA has undertaken, and recently published the outcomes of, further analysis of the last round of PIAAC data on adult literacies. NALA were interested in interrogating connections which would allow better understanding and target provision. They explored the three areas of Literacy, Numeracy and Problem-solving in Technology Rich Environments (PSTRE): in workplace …

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BERA SIG (Special Interest Group): Post-Compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning ‘Vocationalism: Past, Present and Future’

I enjoyed attending this intense day recently, which comprised ten compact presentations with round-table discussions, including international perspectives of participants from universities in Australia and France, and the global WorldSkills initiative. Diverse theoretical frameworks of andragogy and associated contemporary issues were explored prioritising conceptualising knowledge and experience in vocational practice. Policy and institutional critiques discussed functionality and complex skill development. Overall tensions included those between vocational and academic; broad and transferable versus situated curricula; judgments …

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Ra ra! Go Functional Skills!

ETF (March 2015) ‘Making maths and English work for all’ Attended a session hosted by CfL (Campaign for Learning) last week as part of their programme of fortnightly policy seminars. Ed Sallis, OBE and chair of the steering group which reported significantly on Functional Skills in March (ETF, 2015), presented and answered queries with Sue Southwood, …

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Research Research Research Practice Practice Practice

There has been plenty in the educational press about progressing research in education at all levels over the last year or two; less about the teachers and other practitioners who manage it. Pasi Sahlberg’s Annual Lecture last summer celebrated 40 years of the British Educational Research Association (BERA). Its title ‘Facts, True Facts and Research’ …

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Summary of Where We Are on NIACE’s Learning Through Life

The autumn edition of adults learning reviews where we are five years on from Learning Through Life: Inquiry into the Future for Lifelong Learning. NIACE built on the report’s findings in its manifesto for the upcoming general election, Skills for Prosperity. Its overarching drive is to resolve investment in a framework for lifelong learning by …

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Some Ethnographic Challenges to Policy and Practice

A CARE Working Paper No. 2 ‘Skills Development and Literacy’ This paper emerges from comprehensive fieldwork into adult education projects in contemporary, ‘reconstructing’ Afghanistan. It will be of interest to researchers and policy makers in Literacy and Numeracy, in Workbased Literacy and other employability courses. It is of course an international development context that is …

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