My BEM is a reminder that I have benefited from the power of learning

Frank Harris began his adult learning journey having spent 35 years in and out of prison, battling addiction and intermittent homelessness. In only four years he quit drugs, gained GCSEs, and started training in counselling to support vulnerable people. After leaving prison, Frank joined the European Social Fund (ESF) Move Project at City Lit, which…

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CJ is proof that anyone can make a change

Our Festival of Learning partner, Hotcourses have featured an interview with 2017 Social Impact Award Winner, CJ Burge to learn more about her experience with adult education. CJ Burge has come on leaps and bounds following a stint in prison abroad at a young age. Education essentially became her lifeline and now she’s on course…

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Amanda’s passion is for the difference learning can make

On 21 November, I went to Brighton Town Hall to see Amanda Scales, (Learning and Work Institute learning ambassador and 2012 Outstanding Individual Award winner for the South-East region), receive her BEM from the Lord Lieutenant of Sussex. The British Empire Medal was given for ‘services to adult learning’ and the citation highlighted how Amanda…

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I want to be an inspiration to disability students

Since I was a little girl I’ve always wanted to make a difference and teach people with how people see an open choice to things. I was bullied everyday throughout school, as I have a rare condition that I was born with that makes me a unique woman, so when I was growing up I…

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The benefits of adult learning

By Mark Malcomson CBE, Principal and CEO at City Lit At City Lit, our guiding philosophy has not changed since our foundation nearly a century ago: we believe all Londoners should have a right to learn and improve. Tens of thousands of Londoners of varying ages, backgrounds and ability levels study with us each year,…

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Festival of Learning is needed now as much as ever

Adult Learners’ Week (now Festival of Learning) is built upon two simple propositions – first, that celebrating adult learners in all their diversity will encourage others to join in. And second, politicians and decision makers will better recognise that adult learning has a positive contribution to make across the range of social policy through the…

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Adult learning helped me change the lives of others

My name is Amy King and I won Young Adult Learner of the Year in 2014. I was nominated by my college London and South-East Colleges (LSEC), formerly known as Bromley College. I studied with them for my A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics in 2011-2013. My life has completely changed since winning Young Adult…

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Community learning plays an integral role

The Foundation of Light, established in 2001, is the registered charity of Sunderland Association Football Club. It runs programmes across Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham working with a range of schools and academies. One of the Foundation’s flagship programmes is the award-winning adult and community learning programme, Family Learning. The Family Learning team are…

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From addiction to academia; why we need further education

Why we need further education By Safeera Sarjoo at Hotcourses As far as interviews go, it’s not every day you come across compelling stories that leave you in a reflective state. You can tell when you’re faced with raw honesty and Lee Hughes was an open book, allowing me to delve into his journey and…

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Five Reasons to get involved with Festival of Learning’s ‘Have a Go’ Month

Every year we encourage organisations to hold free taster sessions and learning activities for adults to discover the benefits of learning and to inspire them to take their first steps into education since school. Here’s our top five reasons why your organisation should get involved in 2018. 1. Inspire more adults to get into learning    At…

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