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Adult Education Survey 2016

A report on a survey about adult education in England, including types of participation and barriers to learning.


Adult Education Survey 2016

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This report presents the results from the 2016 Adult Education Survey (AES), previously called the National Adult Learning Survey (NALS). It is a repeat survey and collects information on:

  • participation in formal, informal and non-formal learning
  • perceived barriers and incentives to learning
  • access to learning opportunities

The survey sampled adults in England, aged 19 and over, who were not in continuousfull-time education, or who had returned to full-time education following a break of morethan 2 years.

Published 22 August 2018



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