Lighthouse with beam of lightInfluencing Policy

Advancing the case for adult learning in public policy and debate lies at the heart of NIACE's charitable purpose. With our advocacy work we influence and persuade others that improving, increasing and extending opportunities for adults to learn throughout their lives, has real public as well as private benefits.

Adult learning permeates and supports a range of public policy priorities beyond the confines of education, therefore our advocacy strategies and activities are multi-dimensional and wide-ranging. They include: 

  • running high-profile campaigns such as Adult Learners' Week and Quick Reads
  • delivering high-quality development and research work
  • supplying expert consultancy, advice and support services
  • engaging ministers and parliamentarians
  • supporting networking with practictioners, policy-makers and researchers
  • publishing books and journals
  • offering a wide-ranging event management service
  • disseminating specialist information
  • providing flexible and personalised training courses

By bringing these activities together NIACE influences public policy in the areas of health, social mobility, equalities, ageing demographics, employability, international development and sustainability.  To read more about NIACE’s specific advocacy goals and some of our key impacts so far download our 2009 policy impact report: Making a difference for adult learners [PDF].

A central part of our advocacy strategy involves responses to consultations and calls for evidence issued by Government departments, committees, enquiries and other organisations.  You can access these through our Policy Papers section of the website.

All Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education and Adult Education

Along with the Association of Colleges, NIACE provides the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Further Education and Adult Education, and regularly provides briefings for those seeking policy advice at all levels.


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