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Stanistreet, Paul – Adults Learning, 2011
A new Labour government was elected in May 1997 and wasted no time in signalling its enthusiasm for the education of adults. Secretary of State for Education and Employment David Blunkett gave his first speech in office at the launch of Adult Learners' Week 1997 and announced the creation of a National Advisory Group for Continuing Education and…
Descriptors: Continuing Education, Adult Basic Education, Lifelong Learning, Adult Learning
Stanistreet, Paul – Adults Learning, 2010
Local authorities have a strong tradition of supporting communities to help themselves, and this is nowhere better illustrated than in the learning they commission and deliver through the Adult Safeguarded Learning budget. The budget was set up to protect at least a minimum of provision for adult liberal education, family learning and learning for…
Descriptors: Community Education, Adult Learning, Budgets, Foreign Countries
Stanistreet, Paul – Adults Learning, 2011
The seventies and eighties saw the adult education movement renew and reexamine its commitment to opening up learning opportunities to "disadvantaged" groups. The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) was now part of the mainstream of public policy making in lifelong learning and had a significant role in delivering…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Lifelong Learning, Adult Learning, Public Policy
Stanistreet, Paul – Adults Learning, 2010
Street Life Soccer is a football project which was set up four years ago. It was the result of a workshop at a homeless hostel in Norwich, carried out by Blue Cat, a local company which develops engagement activities for learners traditionally considered "hard to reach". It was obvious that the one thing people desperately wanted was to…
Descriptors: Team Sports, Foreign Countries, Skill Development, Thinking Skills
Stanistreet, Paul – Adults Learning, 2010
On the face of it, the restoration of a classic car is an unlikely catalyst for community cohesion, but Nottingham City Council's Brough Superior project is a terrific demonstration of the difference learning can make not only to the lives of learners but also in breaking down barriers between individuals and giving them a sense of shared identity…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Motor Vehicles, City Government, Foreign Countries
Stanistreet, Paul – Adults Learning, 2009
These are tough times for adult and community learning, with many providers struggling to sustain a broad curriculum offer that includes a wide-ranging adult learning programme. South Devon College is determined to keep its flourishing adult offer alive but realises that, with funding increasingly scarce, it has to find innovative ways of ensuring…
Descriptors: Community Education, Adult Learning, Liberal Arts, Higher Education
Stanistreet, Paul – Adults Learning, 2012
Popularly known as "the biggest housing estate in Europe", Ely is the most deprived area of Cardiff and one of the most disadvantaged parts of the UK. It has, by the admission of its own residents, a bad reputation as an area associated with poverty, gangs, street crime and burnt-out cars. That is only one part of the story. Those who…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reputation, Poverty, Self Esteem
Stanistreet, Paul – Adults Learning, 2011
Derek Legge, who celebrated his 95th birthday at the end of last month, is one of the most dedicated and influential of the largely unsung heroes of the adult education movement in Britain. As modesty is one of the many qualities with which his friends and colleagues credit him, he is certain to shrink from the description, but there is little…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Lifelong Learning, Adult Learning, Foreign Countries
Stanistreet, Paul – Adults Learning, 2005
The author reports on homeless people in London who have conducted the largest ever research study of the barriers to employment and employability faced by the homeless. A group of eight "peer researchers"--all with a background of homelessness, all current volunteers at Groundswell UK, an organisation which promotes self-help…
Descriptors: Homeless People, Employment Opportunities, Employment Potential, Barriers
Stanistreet, Paul – Adults Learning, 2011
Melaneia Warwick has never found it difficult to empathise with her adult students. She knows first-hand how untidy and unpredictable an adult's learning journey can be. She also knows how difficult it can be to take the first step, and how rewarding the experience can be if the teacher manages to create an atmosphere that is both supportive and…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Educational Environment, Art Education
Stanistreet, Paul – Adults Learning, 2007
Six years ago Tony Benn left the House of Commons "to devote more time to politics." These days he sees himself as an "untrained classroom assistant to the nation," encouraging people to take charge of their own political destinies. Benn tells the author that education is a fundamental part of that process. Education, whether…
Descriptors: Democracy, Sustainable Development, Foreign Countries, Activism
Stanistreet, Paul – Adults Learning, 2012
The eviction of the Occupy London protesters from their tents outside St. Paul's Cathedral marks the end of one of the most interesting experiments in popular education in recent times. For the past few months a string of leading writers, activists, journalists and academics have held workshops, led discussions and given lectures beneath the…
Descriptors: Popular Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Adult Education
Stanistreet, Paul – Adults Learning, 2010
This article discusses three innovative projects with a focus on education for sustainable development which were kick-started by the previous government's Transformation Fund for informal adult learning. The projects each illustrate how powerful and transformational sustainability education can be when it uses people's lived experience as a basis…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Adult Learning, Sustainable Development, Community Education
Stanistreet, Paul – Adults Learning, 2012
While her background leading a variety of public, private and voluntary sector organisations was not an obvious preparation for her new role as General Secretary of the Workers' Educational Association, the WEA is, nevertheless, in Ruth Spellman's blood. Her grandfather, who left school at 12, became fully numerate and literate through WEA courses…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Lifelong Learning, Voluntary Agencies, Volunteers
Stanistreet, Paul – Adults Learning, 2011
In the second article in a series marking 90 years of NIACE support for adult learning, the author charts the changing shape of adult education in the decades following the Second World War, and the Institute's emergence as a "major non-governmental force" in the development of adult education. In 1983 the NIAE changed its name to the…
Descriptors: Community Education, Continuing Education, Adult Learning, Vocational Education
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