In an environment where family learning seems to have lost ground in policy, research and development over the last few years; where the funding situation is fluid in both England and Wales; and where Government agendas around 'troubled families', parenting and welfare reform don't appear to include family learning, the Inquiry will look at what needs to happen to place family learning back at the heart of policy, research and development.
Independent Inquiry into Family Learning (England and Wales)
NIACE’s Inquiry into Family Learning reported in October 2013. The Inquiry recommends that every child’s education must include family learning to increase their levels of attainment at school, to prepare them for the rapidly changing labour market and help secure a prolonged economic recovery.
This Inquiry, carried out under the umbrella of the NIACE Centre for the Learning Family, is taking a fresh look at family learning in England and Wales; gathering new evidence, generating new thinking and influencing public policy.
What are we aiming to achieve?
How will we do this work?
We have gathered evidence through:
The Inquiry was launched on 12 October 2012 at a seminar attended by HRH The Princess Royal, patron of NIACE.
Speeches from the launch seminar:
Who is this work for?
The Inquiry will be of interest to anyone working with families or in adult learning in England or Wales.
Who is involved?
The Inquiry is independent of government or any political party. It is chaired by Baroness Valerie Howarth of Breckland and is steered by the following Commissioners from England and Wales:
JD Carpentieri (Senior Policy and Research Officer, Institute of Education)
What have we accomplished to date?
What have we learnt from this work?
Key evidence submitted to the Inquiry
What is (or will be) the impact of this work?
The Inquiry aims to place family learning back at the heart of policy, research and development.
The Report of the Inquiry will be launched on 18 October 2013.
There will be regular monthly update bulletins throughout the Inquiry. To receive these updates, register online with the Centre for the Learning Family.
Follow @NIACEhq on Twitter and look out for the hashtag #niacefl.