Education Committee begins evidence publication for Adult Learning inquiry

The Education Select Committee has published the written evidence submitted to its inquiry into Lifelong Skills and Adult learning (ASALL). Sixty-nine submissions have been published, including that made by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF).

The ETF submission focused on the adult skills workforce, looking at its size and characteristics, the importance of it being developed, and the support and investment it needs to flourish and continue to provide high-quality learning.

It also included a section based on the views and experiences of Society for Education and Training (SET) members. Those contributions reflected on the erosion of lifelong learning provision, the contribution lifelong learning makes to individuals, communities and the economy, and the importance of parts of the sector including offender learning and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The other 68 submissions are available on the Parliament UK website.

As well as publishing submissions of written evidence, the Committee has also held the first of its oral evidence sessions for the inquiry. That saw the committee questioning three witnesses: Baroness Wolf of Dulwich, Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management, King’s College London; John Holford, Robert Peers Professor of Adult Education, University of Nottingham; and Lyn Tett, Professor Emerita, University of Edinburgh, and Professor of Community Education, University of Huddersfield.

That session addressed themes including the decline of the adult learning sector over the past 20 years; the impact of adult education on the economy, wellbeing and social justice; the level and organisation of funding; and what can be learnt from the way adult education is organised overseas and how it has functioned in the UK in the past. The transcript of the session is also available on the Parliament UK website.

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