Who and what is education for?

Who and what is education for?

Eavesdropping on a Twitter conversation this week, I ‘overheard’ this snippet from NIACE’s David Hughes: “Some people think the only need is for education in transition from childhood into work…”

David H tweet

His tweet summed up a view of education that has to be challenged and changed. Of course education is for children and young people and it’s about preparation for work but it’s also about a lot more.

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Health, wellbeing and adult learning

Health, wellbeing and adult learning

Improved health and wellbeing can be a driver, a vehicle and an outcome of adult and community learning. This summarised part of an online discussion today with colleagues from other organisations. We agreed to think of some examples from our organisations. Here are some from the Workers’ Educational Association.

Health and wellbeing as a driver for adult learning 

Many people get involved in…

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ETF Expert Panels meet

ETF Expert Panels meet

I didn’t know what to expect from the induction day for members of the Education and Training Foundation‘s Expert Panel members on Friday.

Three of us who had never met before had unorthodox introductions to each other. By coincidence, we were sitting in adjacent seats on a train approaching Birmingham and all looking a bit flumoxed by a distinctive map with embedded photos showing directions to…

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Ofsted listens some more

There’s been a lot of interest in the schools sector about a meeting between bloggers and Mike Cladingbowl, Ofsted’s national director for schools.

With much less fanfare, a very constructive meeting has taken place this week between Gill Reay of Ofsted, officials from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and representatives from local government, the learning and skills sector…

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Ron Moreton - WEA Bradford Treasurer

Ron Moreton – WEA Bradford Treasurer

WEA colleagues in the Yorkshire and Humber region and beyond are paying tribute this week to Ron Moreton who died peacefully on February 25, 2014 at the Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford aged 82 years.

Ron always introduced himself at meetings as the temporary treasurer of the WEA’s Bradford Branch. He’d had the voluntary role for over 40 years and his summary says a lot about him. He had a wry…

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Teaching for Understanding

Teaching for Understanding

Learning facts can be a crucial backdrop to learning for understanding, but learning facts is not learning for understanding.

From ‘What is Understanding’ 

Teaching for knowledge or teaching for understanding? This is a hot topic for some educators who use social media. It can become a rather abstract and artificial debate at times but it’s important to think about how ideas of ‘knowledge’…

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Adult educators - an ageing profession?

Adult educators – an ageing profession?

Is there a problem brewing as many of our most skilled and experienced adult educators are growing older and a significant cohort is nearing retirement? Is our profession becoming a grey area? If so, we need to act now to make sure we have continuity by developing younger colleagues to pick up the baton. We need to make sure that much-needed enthusiasm, passion, understanding and know-how is not…

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Curiosity and Powerful Learning - Wayne CraigWayne Craig  is a current educational thinker with an international reputation. He works with…View Post

Curiosity and Powerful Learning - Wayne Craig

Wayne Craig  is a current educational thinker with an international reputation. He works with…

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Family Learning - 10 top tips from adult and community learningThe NIACE-led independent Inquiry into Family Learning has shone a light on an important aspect of…View Post

Family Learning - 10 top tips from adult and community learning

The NIACE-led independent Inquiry into Family Learning has shone a light on an important aspect of…

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