`Policy in your Pocket` Bulletins

The TSNLA has produced a monthly policy briefing called Policy in your Pocket since June 2016. It contains summary information and links to everything that is going on in the world of adult education policy and funding, plus details of free resources and opportunities for development.

The final issue is Easter 2019 and it includes:


Important news from the TSNLA

·       TSNLA to close

·       Third Sector learning conference

Adult Education news

·      Consultation on post-16 qualifications at Level 3 and below

·      Functional skills reforms

·      Commissions, Consultations and Inquiries into post-16 and lifelong learning

·      Free learning for people earning up to £16,000

IPPR report on European Social Fund


·       National Audit Office report into Apprenticeships

·       AELP calls to refocus Apprenticeship spending

Other news in brief

·       New funds to support safeguarding in charities

·       Skills for Economic Growth and Social Justice

·       Learning at Work Week 2019

·       The problem with devolution

Focus on ETF training & resources


To download previous issues of the Policy in your Pocket Briefing, please select below:

March 2019: including Adult Education news (Unskilled adults have poorer access to training; Delays to functional skills reforms; National Numeracy report); ESOL focus in Integrated Communities Action Plan; Apprenticeships (Unspent Apprenticeship Levy; Potential funding for non-levy apprenticeships).

Other news in brief, including Consultation on new adult learning inspection framework; ESFA developing risk tool for ITPs;       Support for disabled people in the workplace; Learning at Work Week 2019. 

Focus on Education and Training Foundation training and resources including What does the ETF do?; Free short training modules through the new ‘Enhance Digital Teaching Platform’; The Digital Teaching Professional Framework (DTPF);  Foundation Online Learning – free digital skills training; Digital projects – learn from their experience; Free places available on ETF courses; New ESOL resources coming; ETF Professional Exchange Networks – join up!; Study Programmes Exhibition Site

February 2019: including What’s coming up in 2019?; Adult Education news (including Vulnerable adults being let down by the system; Centenary commission on adult education; and Post-18 Review of Education and Funding).

Other news in brief including New devolution director at AELP; Recognising qualifications of migrants; Consultation on new adult learning inspection framework; Apprenticeship Levy overspend; Social Prescribing; Functional Skills Reform; Learning at Work Week 2019

Focus on Education and Training Foundation training and resources

Winter 2018: including An Important Message from TSNLA; Adult Education Budget update; Other adult education news (adult skills, basic maths, National Numeracy research, barriers to learning, learner numbers); Digital Skills Consultation; The Budget; Apprenticeships (levy changes, RoATP); 


Other news in brief including Ofsted Inspection Myths; Employer Satisfaction; Skills for Effective Growth; Family Learning in prisons toolkit; Festival of Learning; Voluntary sector factsheet about Brexit; Funds to help celebrate Windrush; Learning at Work Week 2019

Focus on Education and Training Foundation resources including: Free places on ETF courses; FE Teacher Professional Standards; Opportunities for ESOL Practitioners; Digital Framework Micro-learning modules; ETF Professional Exchange Networks; Digital Skills support from ETF; Digital projects; Foundation Online Learning; Support with Prevent; Support with SEND

Autumn 2018: including Adult and FE budgets; Other adult education news; Functional Skills; T-Levels; Apprenticeships; ESF & the UK Shared Prosperity Fund; Report on skills and productivity; 
Other news in brief including: Essential Digital Skills Framework; Adult decisions about learning research; Get Online Week 2018; Wish-list for the Budget; Learner loans written off; AoC report on post-18 education; Perceptions of vocational learning; Tributes paid to Frank McMahon.

Focus on Funding, Resources & Events including: ETF training - Digital Skills; ETF Professional Exchange Networks; Become a supporter of Learning and Work Institute; Leading Change staff development programme for T Levels

Summer 2018: including Adult education budget; Challenge Fund now open; Draft Code of Good Governance for Independent Training Providers; T-Levels; Apprenticeships update (including How much apprenticeship levy is left for non-levy payers?;    Concern over rise in high level apprenticeships; Government has ‘no concerns’ over sub-contracting fees)

Other news in brief, including: Futures secures National Careers Service contracts; FETL paper on lifelong learning;  Consultation on education and employability for young people; ESF funding promises; Functional Skills consultation outcome; Importance of literacy, numeracy and IT skills; Using phonics with adult learners

Focus on Funding, Resources & Events, including: ETF training events; Leading Change staff development programme for T Levels; Digital guides from Digital Unite; Equality Act Handbook; Free training events from OCN London

July 2018: including TSNLA in the news; Adult education budget; Funding Pot-18 provision; T-Levels; Apprenticeships update; Birthday honours

Other news in brief, including New owners for Learndirect; Apprenticeships and technical education reforms join up; Unaffordability of adult education; Skills for the economy; Festival of Learning winners

Focus on Funding, Resources & Events, including: ETF training events; Leading Change staff development programme

June 2018: including TSNLA and AELP join forces; Adult education budget; T Levels; Apprenticeships update

Other news in brief, including SEND consultation; Mencap 'The Right Place Project'; Get your adult learners filmed for BBC Learning Online; Are you implementing the new GDPR regulations?; Post-16 Pathways; Festival of Learning; and Quick Reads

Focus on Funding, Resources & Events, including ESOL free resources; Digital skills in rural areas; Guides to apprenticeships; Ofsted check list; Digital Champions funding; Essential Digital Framework now available; Video of debate about Skills Strategy

May 2018: including AEB update, including the new man in charge, and an under-spend update; FE & Skills System Report; Replacement needed for ESF; Review of FE Funding; Last chance for functional skills consultation; CIPD report on job quality; Apprenticeships update;

Other news in brief, including Resolution Foundation research on return to work programmes; Is vocational education fit for purpose?; ESOL funding; FE teacher training good – but numbers are falling; Are you ready for the new GDPR regulations?; Congratulations to TSNLA member London Learning Consortium; Employer Social Mobility pledge; Consultation on Labour’s National Education Service; Learning at Work Week; Festival of Learning; National Numeracy Day; Quick Reads; Quit Lit; Voices of the FE Sector: the purpose of the FE sector now

Focus on Funding, Resources & Events, including TSNLA/ETF Continuing Professional Development Bursary Scheme; ForSkills free workshops; Better World Books Literacy Grants; Flexible Learning Fund – winners announced; Free e-book: Mainstreaming Marginalized Adults: The Transformation of Adult Basic Education in the United States

April 2018: including AEB & devolution update; National Retraining Scheme; Integrated Communities Strategy; ESOL news; Review of Post-18 Funding; Review of FE Funding?; Spring Statement; Commission on Lifelong Learning; Apprenticeships update; VAT on sub-contracting; Other news in brief (including Employer research on return to work programmes; Functional Skills; T-Levels – new consultations; Provider access to schools; AELP resigns from Education and Training Foundation; Brexit and the potential impact on learning; Help for young people into employment; Social Mobility Commission; Learning at Work Week; Festival of Learning; National Numeracy Day; and Quick Reads); and Focus on Funding, Resources & Events (including TSNLA/ETF Continuing Professional Development Bursary Scheme; Digital toolkit; NotWithoutMe Accelerator programme; and Know your rights – a guide for migrants)

March 2018: including More AEB controversy; AEB Devolution; Government review of Post-18 funding; New Data Protection legislation on its way; Some FE learner loans to be hit with VAT; Apprenticeships; Brexit reports; T-Level concerns; A new vision for adult learning; Other news in brief,( including £10,000 for individuals’ training; DfE Report on FE sector skills gaps; Robert Halfon keynote speech on FE and social justice; Digital Skills entitlement delays; Functional Skills and Phonics; National Careers Week; and Criticism of Area Review processes); and Focus on Funding, Resources & Events, (including TSNLA/ETF Continuing Professional Development Bursary Scheme)

Xmas 2017: including DfE Social Mobility Plan; Future of Skills & Lifelong Learning Report; AEB Devolution; Apprenticeships; T-Level consultation; Careers Strategy; Other news in brief, including IFS Working Paper ‘Entering the labour market in a weak economy’; Non-University Skills Gap report; Ofsted publishes inspection data; Festival of Learning Awards; Learning at Work Week details announced; Two-year Degree consultation launched; Criticism of the Industrial Strategy; Focus on Funding, Resources & Events, including TSNLA/ETF Continuing Professional Development Bursary Scheme; Teach Too funds; Flexible Learning Fund pilots; ETF courses; Ofsted Inspection Handbook for 2018; What is adult numeracy?; Free e-book on Adult Literacy in America

November 2017: Including: A Budget for skills?; Industrial Strategy; Adult Education update; Apprenticeships; Advanced Teacher Status; Festival of Learning; Mental Health & Wellbeing; Other news in brief (including Skills Partner Statement of Action; New head of ESFA starts work; Anger as T-Level pilots involve only one independent training provider; T-Level Consultation opportunity; Skills summit and Institutes of Technology; State of the Nation report on social mobility; FE Colleges fear for their status under a Corbyn government; ESOL; Educating for our Economic Future – second report; OECD report – Getting Skills Right; Student Loans Company Chair loses job; NUS campaign over learner travel costs; Extra support to help disabled people into employment; LVSC closes; New report on digital skills; Friends Centre becomes TSNLA’s newest investor member); and  Focus on Funding, Resources & Events (including TSNLA/ETF Continuing Professional Development Bursary Scheme; Education and Training Foundation (ETF) resources; Flexible Learning Fund pilots; Free resources from NCVO for third sector organisations; Digital Champions training offer; and finally – something to make you laugh)

October 2017: Including Adult learning update; Apprenticeships & social mobility; T-Levels; Autumn budget and ESF;    Conservative Party conference; EPI/Pearson report on post-16 reforms; Other news in brief (including Opportunity to get involved in offender learning contract; Last chance to get involved in the Functional Skills consultation; Nesta report on The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030; Update on Learndirect; Behavioural insights to improve English and maths; Employers still happiest with independent training providers; FE Student Loans changes; AoC calls for DfE civil servants with experience of FE); and Focus on Funding, Resources & Events (including TSNLA/ETF Continuing Professional Development Bursary Scheme; Education and Training Foundation (ETF) resources; Free resources from NCVO for third sector organisations; Digital Champions training offer; Free conference on post-Brexit priorities; European adult learning resources; And a final tribute to Jane Slowey

September 2017: Including Adult learning turmoil (Adult Education Budget crisis; the Learndirect controversy; loans, and AEB devolution); Apprenticeship News (RoATP; social mobility; non-levy tender chaos); Ageing population & digital skills reports; Hearing the learner voice; Party conferences report; Last Area Reviews published; Brexit and FE; Other news in brief (including ETF, FE Workforce skills and Functional Skills Surveys,  an Opportunity to work with Offender Learning, the fall in number of disadvantaged learners, funding for workplace skills, TES Awards for adult community learning, the new Education Select Committee, T-Level support on offer, Festival of Learning Awards, new funding for returners to work, a new Chief for the ESFA, Lord Halfon questions value of employer perspectives survey, and the Learning and Work Institute’s plan for the Chancellor’s budget; and Focus on Funding, Resources & Events (including The Society for Education and Training (SET) membership, Education and Training Foundation (ETF) resources, TSNLA/ETF Continuing Professional Development Bursary Scheme, Free online Prevent training modules, Promotional materials for young adult carers, and Edge Foundation guide to grant funds.

July 2017: Including Adult learning; The Taylor Report; Apprenticeship News; Skills Devolution; More on Social Mobility; Skills Survey; Poor numeracy still a problem; Other news in brief (including government updates; popularity of independent providers; financial woes at Ofsted; Justine Greening’s Skills Army; Labour proposals on loans and learning; under-spent 6th Form education budgets; Festival of Learning); Focus on Funding, Resources & Events (including the Society for Education and Training (SET) membership; free online Prevent modules; Reading Well; Star Dash Studios for National Numeracy; Learning at Work Week 2018; Kings Fund Cascading Leadership programme; Prisoner Learning Alliance conference and awards; Edge Foundation guide to grant funds)

June 2017: Including Post-Election – what’s happening?; Adult Learning – budgets and figures; Apprenticeship News; Social Mobility Reports; Other news in brief; Focus on Funding, Resources & Events

May 2017: Including Election special – what do the parties say?(includes adult & FE, work & benefits, and ESF); Delay to the AEB budget allocation; Campaign to replace ESF; OECD Skills Divide Report; Charities in conflict with Apprenticeships; Apprentice levy goes live; Other news in brief; Focus on Funding, Resources & Events

April 2017: Including Hello to the new ESFA; General Election implications; Response to the Industrial Strategy; Apprenticeships; Adult Education news; Spotlight on older workers Other news in brief; Focus on Funding, Resources & Events

March 2017: Including Brexit and ESF; Spring budget; Digital Strategy & Entitlement; Employment changes from April; Review of the Industrial Strategy; Apprenticeships; Save Adult Education Campaign; IfG Report on Education; New challenges for Ofsted; SFA and EFA merger; Other news in brief; Focus on Funding and Resources

February 2017: Including More on the Adult Education Strategy; ESOL Strategy needed; Job Centre Plus Update; More on the Industrial Strategy; Opportunities around Institutes of Technology?; IPPR Adult Skills Report; Adult Education Procurement; Apprenticeships and diversity; Other news in brief; Focus on Funding and Resources

January 2017: Including New Year’s Honours; Minister Responds to TSNLA letters; What to look out for in 2017; Skills in the Industrial Strategy Consultation; Demands for Adult Education Strategy; Adult Education Procurement; PAC warnings on “high risk” devolution plan; Apprenticeships – lots of developments; Rural Learning Opportunities; Other news in brief; Focus on Funding and Resources

December 2016: Including The Autumn Statement; Ofsted Annual Report; Area Review Report; Functional Skills; Apprenticeships PAC Report; Focus on Funding and Resources; Other news in brief  

November 2016: Including the Autumn Statement; WEA Impact Report launched; Local Area Reviews – get prepared; IPPR Report on Earning & Learning; IPPR Report causes spat between AoC and AELP; “Year of Mental Health” for college education; City & Guilds report on the skills agenda; New Report challenges Apprenticeships reforms; Technical and Further Education Bill; Focus on Funding and Resources; Other news in brief   

October 2016: Including Adult Education contracts terminated for Third Sector providers; Local Area Reviews - new guidance; Brexit - European funding guarantees and implications for FE; Digital Skills to be offered for free – but no new money to pay for it; Devolution and localism - a guide; Government listens to sector concerns over Apprenticeships; ESOL Strategy; The importance of employability skills; Developments in Careers services; Focus on Events, Funding and Resources; Other news in brief   

September 2016 Including Lord Sainsbury's Skills Plan; Devolution and Localism - why you should care; Local Area Reviews and college mergers; Apprenticeships; events, funding and resources; other news in brief

July 2016: Including  Brexit implications; Lord Sainsbury’s Skills Plan; SIR Data Opportunity; Devolution and localism; Apprenticeships; All Party Parliamentary Report on Adult Education; and Theresa May’s New Departments and Minsters.

June 2016: Including Brexit; Area Reviews; Devolution and localism; Digital Skills; Apprenticeships; Traineeships; FE and Training Sector Workforce Data; ESOL