Learning in communities

Community-based learning also helps to build stronger communities; improve health and well-being; encourage a more tolerant society; and support active citizenship.

Since 2015, as part of our work for the European Agenda for Adult Learning, L&W and its partners across the UK have been researching and discussing the impact of adult learning. We have done this through the Impact Forums established in 2014 which meet in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales every quarter.

We have considered the all round impact of adult learning across the UK and the wider benefits it brings to people and the communities they live in. Our report – Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: the impact of adult learning across the UK – summarises key messages and case studies which were discussed at the Impact Forums.

In 2019, Learning and Work Institute commissioned key thinkers from further and adult education to consider the implications for leadership and workforce development of Healthy, Wealthy and Wise. The resulting publication Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Implications for workforce development identifies a range of economic and social policy challenges confronting the four nations today and explores how adult learning can make an important contribution to addressing these and promoting a fairer and more inclusive society.


  • Research and Reports 01 08 2019

    Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Implications for workforce development

    A number of key thinkers from across UK further and adult education were commissioned to write short think pieces on the implications for leadership and workforce development.
  • Research and Reports 06 05 2019

    Parent champion programmes: A guide for family learning providers

    This guide aims to assist those who want to start or develop a parent champion programme by providing guidelines, information, case studies and links to relevant organisations.
  • Research and Reports 28 03 2019

    Resources to support the development of local ESOL partnerships

    These include guidance on effective practice and case studies to provide practical insight. They follow the Government’s Integrated Communities Action Plan.
  • Research and Reports 06 06 2018

    Delivering and evaluating the Get Set for Success curriculum

    Learning and Work Institute undertook research and development assessing this personal and social development (PSD) tool used in prisons.
  • Research and Reports 28 03 2018

    Evaluation of Liverpool City Region Youth Employment Gateway

    YEG was aimed at young people aged between 18 and 24 who were out of work and claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit.
  • Research and Reports 28 03 2018

    Evaluation of Community Based English Language (CBEL) provision pilots

    Process and impact evaluations of Community Based English Language (CBEL) provision pilots, a randomised control trial commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
  • Research and Reports 01 10 2017

    Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: The impact of adult learning across the UK

    A distillation of key messages from research papers on adult learning practice.
  • Research and Reports 20 03 2017

    Measuring the impact of peer volunteering

    Peer volunteering makes a distinctive contribution to bringing about change in communities. Approaches to impact measurement should be implemented with this in mind, to capture the full extent of the difference that they make.
  • Research and Reports 28 02 2017

    Vocational Maths Mentors

    A guide for instructional officers and maths mentors on embedding maths in vocational workshops. It can be used by prison governors, heads of learning and skills, industry managers and instructional officers, education staff, and others.

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