A new research report – Learning At Life Transitions – which has been published by the Further Education Trust for Leadership, commissioned by the WEA and written and researched by the Learning and Work Institute, was launched today at a seminar in London.

The report deals with the importance of understanding the needs of adult learners, particularly at key points in their lives when they might be more or less likely to take up learning opportunities. The report pays particular attention to parents returning to work after caring for young children and also people preparing for retirement.

The report makes recommendations for practitioners and policy-makers, and is intended for those working in the adult education sector and others with a wider interest in issues such as the ageing population, childcare, employment and working lives, and health & wellbeing.

You can download a copy of the report here.

John Butcher, Associate Director (Curriculum and Access), The Open University, gives his response to the report here.

We would also like to hear your reactions and views on the report. You can share them by writing to Chris Butcher, Public Policy Manager at the WEA: policy@wea.org.uk