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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 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 »

Exchange – Issue 9

Well-being in Wales The latest edition of our exclusive supporters’ magazine looks at well-being in Wales from a range of different perspectives. Our excellent range of contributors looks at health and social care in Wales while considering different aspects of Read more »

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Other Publications

The Future of Doing Good in Wales

Wales is at a crossroads. Many people and organisations face very real social, economic, cultural and environmental challenges, as well as having to cope with significant political and financial uncertainty. To stimulate discussion about these changes, the Big Lottery Fund has been looking across Read more »

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Events

March 15th 2018

What is to be done about Universal Credit?

Universal Credit is the biggest shake-up in social security in a generation. With more than 400,000 households in Wales expected to be claiming Universal Credit by 2022, it is vital to find out how it operates and how it could Read more »