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We need a different vision of how learning benefits - Dr Graeme Atherton speaks to FE News about the Lifelong Learning Commission

Talking to FE News at this year's Labour Party Conference, Dr Graeme Atherton, Director, National Education Opportunities Network, shares his thoughts on the Lifelong Learning Commission and where its priorities should lie:

Lifelong access to education is at the core of the creation of a more equal, fair, and productive society

It is this principle upon which the @Right2_Learn campaign was founded.  Our long-term vision is clear, but we wanted to provide practical assistance in the here and now to politicians and policy makers as they grapple with the biggest social and economic challenges in a generation.

Reforming the UK’s Skills System - First Report from the Lifelong Education Commission

At the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, the Lifelong Education Commission and Respublica will today (4th Oct) publish recommendations to reform the UK Skills System and achieve 'whole system change' in lifelong education. The Commission's vision is to create a world where all citizens, young people and adults, can access the skills training they need, through life. 

Stop talking about social mobility and make learning opportunities ‘hyper local’ to level up, report finds

#LevellingUp needs to focus on providing better, local learning opportunities and move away from talking about social mobility if it is to improve the lives of those in areas of the Midlands and north of England, a report from the new Centre for Levelling Up at the University of West London (UWL) written in partnership with Policy Network has found.

New report shows investment in widening access to higher education to fall if Uni-Connect programme not renewed

Research released today by the National Education Opportunities Network (@NEONHE) examining the Access and Participation Plans (APPs) of 171 Higher Education Providers shows that from 2022-23 the total invested in activities to support those from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter HE will fall unless there is continued funding provided for the national Uni-Connect programme.

Looking at Post Covid Roles For Lifelong Learning

Right to Learn Campaign (@right2_learn) Announces Inaugural Conference on May 20 with David Blunkett as Opening Speaker and Panels Looking at Post Covid Roles For Lifelong Learning   Right2Learn (R2L), the lifelong learning campaign group launched in December 2020 has announced David Blunkett, former Education Secretary now in the House of Lords, will be the opening speaker at its inaugural Conference ‘Right2 Learn is Right for Now’ which is this Thursday, 20th May starting at 6pm. The lecture will be given in honour of Bob Fryer (who died in December 2020) a long- time champion of lifelong learning who was instrumental along with David Blunkett and Sir Bernard Crick in the publication of the Learning Age.

New report shows Level 3 qualification reform will set access to HE back at least 5 years

New evidence released today (11 Feb) shows that the proposed reforms to Level 3 qualifications may set back government efforts to widen access to higher education (#HE) by at least 5 years.

New report shows over 27,000 students could miss out on university in 2021 due to COVID learning loss

Research published today (11 Nov) by @AccessHE, the network for social mobility through higher education for London has analysed A Level attainment profiles for students in the capital and nationally over recent years to project the impact of learning loss on next year’s A Level students.

The seventh annual NEON Awards – winners announced

#NEONAwards - The 2020 National Education Opportunities Network (@NEONHE) Awards were presented online on Thursday 22nd October.

Report argues for student focused approach to improving higher education outcomes

A new report produced by the National Education Opportunities Network (@NEONHE) with the support of the Institute for Social and Economic Research calls for the government to shift attention away from assessing the value of courses and toward supporting those groups who are more likely not to achieve good degrees and graduate jobs. In 2018-19, there was a difference of 22.1 percentage points between the proportion of white and black students getting a 1st or 2:1 while students from free school meal (FSM) backgrounds earn on average nearly £3000 less than those from non-FSM backgrounds 5 years after graduation. As COVID-19 makes it imperative that all students who go onto HE achieve their full potential this report brings together 10 contributions from thought leaders in the UK sector and from abroad to outline a student focused approach to improving HE outcomes.

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