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Learning & Skills

Learning increases happiness, confidence and quality of life, helping people to fulfill their potential and boost their earning power.


Why it matters

Wales has an increasingly distinctive approach to learning and skills, but the challenges remain including increasing provision for early years learning and childcare, raising attainment and closing the attainment gap, improving adult learning, and increasing participation in higher education.

Low attainment and poor skills stop children and adults achieving their full potential. They are associated with low incomes, insecure employment and digital exclusion, and also act as a brake on economic growth and innovation.

What we are doing

Poverty and Education Network

The network brought together learning providers from schools and adult & community education to exchange experience and best practice in engaging with parents and carers – one of the few proven methods of improving attitudes, aspirations and behaviour. Completed in 2014, half the participants who responded to a survey said that they had changed their policies or practices as a result of attending one of the four seminars held.

Co-operative Education

A co-operative ethos in learning can increase attainment and engagement of parents and community with the school or college. This report reviewed the potential for a co-operative approach in Wales.

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In Print

Exchange Magazine »

Exchange Issue 16, Spring 2020

Wales’ best policy and politics magazine! The latest edition of Exchange, Wales’ best policy and politics magazine, provides more insights into the current and important issues in Welsh public life. Exchange is normally available exclusively to subscribers but in the […] »

Events »

Webinar: Going local: how coronavirus could transform places

The direction to work from home and avoid non-essential travel is highlighting the importance of ‘local’ and could bring new opportunities to many places. What could and should be done to grasp the potential? Date:  8th July 2020 Time: 3pm […] »