Tell us about the learners, tutors, projects and employers that have been inspiring you!

One of my favourite moments of 2018 took place on 12 June at the RSA in London, watching Tracey Everitt make her way to the stage to accept her Festival of Learning 2018 Learning for Work award. Tracey left school without any qualifications and had reached a point in her life where she felt she…

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A tough start doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve

I left foster care at the age of 17, it was my decision and I had the full support of my foster parents and social worker. We went through all the formal meetings and paperwork but this was an exciting time for me, a new beginning and a chance to stand on my own two…

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What you can gain from a Have a Go Month taster course

If you haven’t heard, June is ‘Have a Go’ month. The idea is to encourage people to try something new and remain open to the learning process. We’ve been working closely with the Festival of Learning to spread the word and right now, colleges and training providers across England are running taster courses – from…

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We need to keep our minds open to possibilities at every age!

From smart phones that recognise our faces, to small oblong-shaped house robots that can take active instructions from us, to say technology has developed over the last few years is an understatement. Society itself is literally becoming digitalised before our very eyes. Whether you feel completely overwhelmed by this new technology and want to teach…

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Learning really can transform your life!

We believe that everybody should have easy access to high-quality education, no matter their circumstances or reason for learning. For tens of thousands of people across the UK, community and adult learning provides them an opportunity to a better future. The impact is not only on employability but their health and wellbeing, family life and…

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“It’s never too late to improve yourself or your life”

Neil Baggley, Outreach Project Coordinator at London College of Music, University of West London explains why going back to education was the right path for him. Neil is managing an exciting ‘Have a go’ event in June for people interested in finding out more about career paths for  musicians, singers, rappers and aspiring industry professionals….

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How to set the ball rolling on study?

Throughout the month of June, Festival of learning, in partnership with Hotcourses UK, runs ‘Have a Go Month’. We are calling on all learning providers to hold free events and activities in June to inspire people of all ages to ‘have a go’ at learning something new. Christine Drabwell, Deputy Head of Media Relations at…

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Teaching in FE: there’s something for everyone!

With Have a Go Month right around the corner, have you ever thought about having a go at something new, like teaching in Further Education? Howard Pilott, from the Education and Training Foundation’s FE Advice service explains how easy it is to pass on your skills and knowledge, to help inspire and guide adults on…

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Follow your dreams because we can all achieve something special

I was born with a rare body condition called Hemihypertrophy, which means the left-hand side of my body is bigger than the right. I have joint problems so if I walk for a significant amount of time I have pain in my joints. I also have learning difficulties; struggling to pronounce words that are difficult,…

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My history of apprenticeships – National Apprenticeships Week 2018

My early years were far from ideal – my father died after a long illness whilst I was just entering my teenage years. I never finished school and I entered the big wide world with no academic qualifications at all. Things seemed to go from bad to worse and after seven years in an abusive…

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