About Us

Festival of Learning is Learning and Work Institute’s flagship campaign in England which aims to celebrate the benefits of lifelong learning and inspire more adults to learn.

Our annual awards for adult learners, tutors, projects and employers enable us to celebrate their achievements as well as showcase and share stories that will motivate and inspire others – either to give learning a go or improve their teaching and learning practice.

Lifelong Learning Week takes place annually in early November bringing together stakeholders from the learning, skills and employment sectors through a range of events and activities. These include the Festival of Learning parliamentary reception, our English, Maths and ESOL conference and a range of other online talks and webinars.

We are funded by the Department for Education and we work closely with stakeholders from the adult learning and skills and employment sectors in England. We are grateful for the ongoing support of our sponsors, who help make this campaign happen.

Students in class with tutor pointing towards the presentation

Festival of Learning is run by Learning and Work Institute

Learning and Work Institute is an independent policy, research and development organisation dedicated to lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion. We research what works, influence policy, develop new ways of thinking, and help implement new approaches.

We want everyone to have an opportunity to realise their ambitions and potential in learning, work and throughout life. We believe that a better skilled workforce and a focus on good work is good for business, good for the economy, and good for society. We want learning and work to count.