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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

Supporter Magazine

Exchange Issue 11, Summer 2018

The magazine with its finger on the pulse! The latest edition of our exclusive supporters’ magazine brings together a range of contributors to explore some of the most current and important issues in Welsh public life. New free extract for Read more »

Exchange Issue 10, Spring 2018

“Refreshing, timely and balanced – Exchange has its finger on the pulse” The latest edition of our exclusive supporters’ magazine brings together a range of contributors to explore some of the most current and important issues in Welsh public life. Read more »

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Other Publications

After Brexit: The role of higher education

How should Wales’ universities respond to a post-Brexit Wales? This think piece sets out some ideas. Brexit has potentially deep and far-reaching effects for many organisations, including Wales’ universities. As well as the immediate impacts on staff, students, funding and Read more »

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Events

November 8th 2018

The New Working Class with Claire Ainsley

Thought-leader talks Claire Ainsley, Executive Director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) talks about her ground-breaking book The New Working Class: how to win hearts, minds and votes The majority of people in the UK identify as working class, yet no Read more »