Cultural Playing Field

An integrated approach to informal adult learning by Robin Simpson
January 23, 2009, 12:32 pm
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On Tuesday afternoon I was back at DCMS for a joint meeting with the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills about the forthcoming informal adult learning proposals. Liz Lawson from DIUS said that the white paper was now likely to be published in February. She was very excited about the possibilities for joining up support for ‘informal learning’ across Government departments. Liz emphasised that DIUS would continue to support the learning it already funds but wanted to encourage a more consistent approach to informal adult learning wherever it occurs. She confirmed, again, that ‘informal learning’ is being taken to include activities such as participation in an amateur orchestra. Officers from Arts Council England and DCMS updated Liz on the development of an Amateur Arts Development Programme – responding to the conclusions and recommendations of the ‘Our Creative Talent’ research. We identified a number of areas within the Amateur Arts Development Programme that might link directly to the proposals in the DIUS white paper. We also looked at links with the current review of public library services. Liz asked us to see whether we could convene a meeting of the Voluntary Arts England Arts in Adult Education Think Tank to look at the draft white paper. The DIUS work on informal adult learning looks like it will produce some very exciting opportunities for the voluntary arts sector and it is a mark of how far we have come in the past twelve months that we are now being routinely invited to this kind of cross-government department meeting.

Robin Simpson.

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