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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Subscribers' Magazine

Exchange – Issue 7

‘Resilient communities’ is a phrase that’s been hard to avoid in recent months and is central to the discussions about the future of Communities First.  Great though it sounds, it is much less clear what resilience means or how it Read more »

Exchange – Issue 6

It’s been almost five months since the UK voted to leave the EU. As the initial shock of the referendum result dies down, the latest edition of Exchange looks at the impact that Brexit could have on Wales. Our contributors Read more »

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Other Publications

Consultation response: Primary Care

The Bevan Foundation has responded to a consultation by the National Assembly for  Wales’  Health, Social Care and Sport Committee on primary care. The committee’s inquiry will focus on the role of Wales 64 cluster networks – groups of GPs working with Read more »

Consultation response: First 1,000 Days

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Bevan Foundation have responded to a consultation by the National Assembly for  Wales’ Children, Young People and Education Committee on the first 1,000 days of a person’s life. The inquiry is seeking to establish the extent to which Welsh Read more »

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