There is widespread agreement that the further education system should be more 'demand led', but whose demands are we talking about?
In this report Simone Delorenzi argues that adult learners themselves should be in the driving seat, with flexible entitlements to courses and financial support that is available to every adult learner but targeted at those who need it most. She argues that colleges should have more autonomy and that local authorities should have a bigger role in coordinating provision.
This report is vital reading for all those involved in adult education policy, including further education institutions, local authorities, researchers and policy professionals. It comes at a critical time for the adult learning debate, following the Leitch Review of Skills and preceding the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review, which will allocate resources and set priorities for the whole education sector.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.