Lifelong Learning Week

Monday 8 November – Friday 12 November 2021

#LifelongLearningWeek is our annual week of activity taking place across England, bringing together work from across Learning and Work Institute and beyond. We want to engage a wide range of stakeholders and raise the profile of lifelong learning across a range of policy areas.

What are the main objectives?

  • To raise the profile of lifelong learning.
  • To celebrate and champion adult learners and adult learning providers.
  • To drive a shared focus among policymakers, providers and stakeholders on increasing opportunities for lifelong learning.

How could you get involved?

  • Do you have a spokesperson for a blog or supportive video message?
  • Are you able to hold an activity or encourage members to arrange them?
  • Could you arrange a VIP visit to your organisation?
  • Do you have resources or reports you can launch to tie into the week?
  • Do you have case studies of people or projects that you could showcase?
  • Could you actively support with interesting and relevant social media posts?


It is also worth thinking about anything you have planned that could be branded as #LifelongLearningWeek to avoid any additional work. Do you have any recorded lectures or online sessions you could share online? Are you launching any reports or resources that week already?

Monday 8 November

Annual Survey into Adult Participation in Learning – 2021 Results

We will publish the latest findings of the Adult Participation in Learning Survey, focussed on the types of learning, levels of participation and motivations of individuals learners.

Explore our latest data on adult learning

Tuesday 9 November

Online events from providers

We want to inspire adults to take their first step back into learning, so we are encouraging providers, organisations and employers to host online events, talks, lectures, taster sessions and courses on Tuesday.

Explore our events

Wednesday 10 November

Celebrating 100 years of Learning and Work Institute

We will be hosting a hybrid event celebrating the centenary of Learning and Work Institute, the organisation coordinating Festival of Learning.

Learn more about L&W's Centenary

Thursday 11 November

Annual Conference on English, maths and ESOL

Join us as we host our annual conference focussed on a higher ambition for adult basic skills.

Book your place

Friday 12 November

Nominations open for Festival of Learning 2022 Awards

We are looking for our next cohort of inspiring adult learners, tutors, provision and employers as nominations open for #FestivalofLearning2022!

Be inspired by our 2021 Winners

Branding and social media


You can access a range of graphics and the Lifelong Learning Week logo to include in your materials.

Campaign Hashtags

Use #LifelongLearningWeek so that we can showcase the range of activities going on in support of lifelong learning and adult education!

You can also follow our Facebook and Twitter pages to keep up to date with the action. Don’t forget to tag us in your posts so that we can retweet them – we are @Festival_Learn on Twitter or @FestivalofLearning on Facebook.

Get in touch!

Want to discuss your ideas? Get in touch with the team.


Roisin Sheehy

Roisin Sheehy

Project Manager

Roisin works within Learning and Work Institute’s policy and communications team, leading on our campaign communications and press and media activity. Roisin also leads on the activity of our Festival of Learning campaign and Better Work Network.

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Celestine Harris

Celestine Harris

Project Administrator


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