Adult Learning: Setting the Agenda conference, run as part of L&Ws work as UK National Coordinator for the EAAL and delivered jointly with EPALE UK, provided an opportunity to discuss the evidence on the impact of adult learning and consider what a lifelong learning approach could offer.
Day one of the conference introduced four workshop themes: Health, Communities, Work and Integrated Approaches.
On Health, the UNESCO report, Third Global report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE III), and recent research on the impact of adult learning across the UK shows an impact in three areas:
- On individuals’ own health and well-being
- On healthier communities, workplaces and families
- On savings to public health systems
The Health workshop looked at the latest evidence (from the UK and another European country) and discussed recommendations for policy-makers and providers.
Implications for policy and practice include:
- Cross-governmental lifelong learning policy with national cross-cabinet / executive responsibility
- Adult education needs a seat at the table for local health commissioning arrangements , including public health
- Collective / collaborative policy formation with local engagement and ownership
- A common language to describe collective outcomes and how impact is measured
The conference workshop presentations (case studies) on Health are available to download below.
Discussions on a Lifelong learning Strategy continue on EPALE through the designated Community of Practice. Register and discuss here.