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Adult Education

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 8 May 2009, Official Report, column 474W, on adult education, whether his Department has made any estimate of the number of new adult learning places to be created by implementation of the proposals in “The Learning Revolution” White Paper. (275411)

We are confident that the range of initiatives announced in “The Learning Revolution” White Paper will both increase the number of learning opportunities and help people access the many and varied kinds of learning that are already available. Adults want to learn in different ways—through structured classes and through libraries, museums, self-organised groups, membership organisations and online.

Our goal is that all adults are able to access a wide range of informal learning opportunities and that learning experiences are better joined-up so that people can pursue their interests. “The Learning Revolution” sets out proposals that will help achieve this goal, including increasing the availability of free and low cost spaces for learning, launching a £20 million Transformation Fund to reach out to new and different learners through partnership and innovation, setting up a support package for local learning champions and harnessing the potential of broadcasting and technology to support and enhance learning.