Cultural Playing Field

Learning Revolution Third Sector Forum meeting by Robin Simpson
November 19, 2009, 3:22 pm
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On Tuesday I was in London for the second meeting of the Learning Revolution Third Sector Forum. We looked in detail at the specific role of third sector organisations in providing informal adult learning opportunities, suggesting that the third sector offers a way of connecting with local people (particularly ‘hard to reach’ groups), value for money, networking & partnerships and creativity & innovation. Jerry O’Shea from the Learning & Skills Council gave us a presentation on the plans for transition from the LSC to the new Skills Funding Agency. Jerry thought that, for the third sector, the changes would be neither big nor negative. The Government wants local authorities to become the ‘lead accountable bodies’ for informal adult learning but it will be the collaborative delivery plans they draw up which will be funded in each case, rather than the authority itself, and there should be opportunities for third sector organisations to be involved in the development of these delivery plans. 2010-11 will be a ‘shadow year’ with the new arrangements starting from 2011-12.

Robin Simpson.


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