ADULT LEARNING The View from the DfES Brian Helsdon Department for Education & Skills Access and Inclusion Team
SUCCESSES • 48% real increase in funding in FE since 1997 • Investment in improving quality & standards in teaching & learning • Improved the basic skills of over a million adults
PRIORITIES (1) • a place at a school, college or training provider for every young person who stays on education or training; • help for adults who lack basic skills or the platform of skills for employability (a first full Level 2 qualification); • a wide range of opportunities for adults to progress to higher level skills and qualifications; and • the continued availability of a wide range of adult learning opportunities for personal and community development.
PRIORITIES (2) • fewer places on publicly funded courses c230k by 2007/8 • - 500K on internal/ non certificated provision • + 270K places on full level 2 • 3.5m adults on FE courses in 2007/8 (-6%) • LSC will cease to fund certain courses eg short courses
FEES • new balance between the taxpayer, employer and individual learner • fee assumptions up from 27.5% to 37.5% and ultimately 50% • Mori/ NIACE poll figures suggest public support • Continued financial support for learners and fee remission
LEARNERS WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES AND DISABILITIES • Little Report “Through Inclusion to Excellence” • ALI Report “Greater Expectations: provision for learners with disabilities” • LSC supports more than 641,000 LLDDs at a cost of nearly £1.5b pa • No policy to transfer responsibility for LLDDs to PCDL
FE WHITE PAPER • Focus on vocational training and employability skills • New opportunities; specialisation, • Competition • Train to Gain, IAG, Foundation Learning Tier • Reaffirms commitment to learning for its own intrinsic value
LEARNING FOR PERSONAL & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT • Safeguarded budget of £210m in 2006/7 • £120m for learning programmes run by local authorities now run as part of adult and community learning, which are not directly associated with qualifications. • £33m of similar provision in FE. • £57m for family learning, including the family literacy, language and numeracy programme and the budget for neighbourhood learning.
PCDL - OBJECTIVES • A good balance of high quality provision in every area • Wider participation • Help for pockets of deprivation • Minimise form filling for teachers and learners
RENEWED PLANNING ARRANGEMENTS • Reinvigorate PCDL • Include similar non LSC funded provision • Bring greater coherence and co-ordination • Engage local communities in planning PCDL in a consistent way
NEXT STEPS • formulate proposals for local LSC led Partnerships to plan and co-ordinate local provision • secure buy in by national stakeholders and other Government Departments through an external Task Group • model the impact of redistribution using agreed 2006/7 baseline