Category Archives: Adult Learning

Supporting Men’s Sheds

scottish-mens-sheds-association-logo-WT-smallCan you help your local Men’s Shed?

There are Men’s Sheds in 22 regions across Scotland  – there could be one near you. A men’s shed is a meeting place where men come together and take part in a variety of mutually agreed activities. Lots of learning,  rediscovering former skills, picking up new ones  and camaraderie.

If your school is  updating technical equipment perhaps you would be able  to  gift older items to your local Men’s Shed.  It’s a recycle/ re-use story.  Actions like this promote inter-generational activities and lifelong learning.

More information from Age Scotland  or Scottish Men’s Sheds website





National Coding Week 19th September 2016


How to get involved with National Coding Week

Children are part of a confident “Digital Generation” having grown up with the internet, smart phones and coding classes. However, many adults have missed out on the digital revolution and feel left behind.

“The aim of National Coding Week is to give adults the opportunity to learn some digital skills”.

Children can inspire adults

Children are learning digital skills in school or through coding clubs such as Code Clubs and CoderDojos. We therefore would like these clubs to open their doors to parents for a one-off session in which the children will teach the adults some of the skills they have learnt.

Libraries can act as focal points

Libraries are in an ideal position to act as a focal point and can host a coding session. Either the staff can lead the session or someone who is confident and familiar with coding from the local community can share their skills. Read CILIP’s blog: Libraries — how they can improve our Digital Literacy

Schools can get involved

Children are learning coding but many parents don’t understand what their children are doing and many non-specialist teachers and governors feel they have missed out on these skills.

Web, app, creative and digital businesses can throw open their doors

Those with the expertise can share their skills and have fun teaching people the basics of coding. There are many training organisations who offer courses throughout the year. They can contribute to the week by offering taster sessions to encourage people to sign-up.

Tech Hubs

There are hundreds of tech hubs with amazing businesses working from them. The tech hubs are giving start-ups a platform from which to launch businesses and inspire others. These can be the perfect venue for the week and we would love them to be involved.


1) Keep it simple — it might simply by showing people resources available on the Technologies Professional Learning Community  in Glow, or Barefoot Computing

2) If you are able to organise it, get a friendly local web development agency, ICT teacher or FE college tutor to lead the session.

Click here to get involved!

Young People’s Social and Political Participation Across the EU

 LSE pilot study ends 3rd July
CATCH-EyoU (Constructing Active Citizenship with European Youth: Policies, Practices, Challenges and Solutions) is a research and innovation action funded by the European Commission
CATCH-EyoU is trying to find out about young people’s social and political participation across the EU and want to understand why and how some young people decide to participate (or to not participate) in their communities, in politics, and in social life. They are especially interested in European active citizenship and what this might mean to young people.
The project is currently carrying out a survey which seeks the views of young people, in two separate age groups: between 16-18, and between 19–25 on their experiences and perspectives as young European citizens. The pilot survey will be open until 3 July.
For young people between the ages of 16-18 the link to the survey is here.
For young people between the ages of 19-25 the link to the survey is here.
Any young person completing the whole survey will be eligible to win one of ten £20 Amazon voucher prizes. These will be randomly allocated at the beginning of July, and will be sent via email to the winning participant.
Find out more here.
Contact: Dr Sam Mejias at London School of Economic and Political Science,

Learning Families – Intergenerational Approaches to Literacy Teaching and Learning

“All of the programmes featured in this publication by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning  share valuable experiences and lessons. They reflect a view of effective learning families whereby each child is a member of a family, and within a learning family every member is a lifelong learner. Among disadvantaged families and communities in particular, a family literacy and learning approach is more likely to break the intergenerational cycle of low education and literacy skills..” (Elfert and Hanermann 2014)

Family Learning Research

This report presents findings from a study of family literacy programmes in England carried out by the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) between July 2013 and May 2015. This mixed-methods study was funded by the Nuffield Foundation and explored: 1) the impact of school-based family literacy programmes on young children’s progress in reading and writing; and 2) how parents translate and implement what they learn in these classes into the home literacy environment. This study provides evidence that after attending family literacy sessions children improve their literacy skills and there are positive changes in the home literacy environment.

Community in Action in Castlemilk

Learners from a Castlemilk adult learning group, The Only Way is Up, celebrated the completion of the first SCQF level 4 accredited course based on Counting on a Greener Scotland (COGS)  at Whitelee Wind farm.   They are pictured with   Heather Reid who presented their certificates and WEA tutor Alison McLachlan.    Learners evaluated the pilot course resources and their  feedback will inform future provision.

Counting on a Greener Scotland
Left to right- Karen, Alison, Frannie, Heather, Madge, Marie, Anna and Annmarie. Maggie, Anne and Mary were unable to attend the ceremony

The Only Way is Up  is supported by the WEA, Ardenglen Housing Association, Clyde College and South Area Literacies Partnership. Education Scotland funded the development and design of the original numeracy educational  pack Counting on a Greener Scotland  which was developed by WEA with Heather Reid. Counting on a Greener Scotland  focuses on weather, climate change and energy.

Generations Working Together National Conference 2nd March



Generations Working Together is delighted to announce the programme for their  National Conference on Wednesday 2nd March 2016 in the new Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, 99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD. Further information and registration can be found on the following link:

Generations Working Together launches Recognition Awards 2016
The awards celebrate and recognise the outstanding talent, commitment and inspirational involvement of workers, volunteers and groups who promote Intergenerational activities. This year there are six categories:

  1. New intergenerational project (Less than 12months)
  2. Established intergenerational project (Greater than 1 year)
  3. Yvonne Coull, Local Network Coordinators Award
  4. Young person contributing to intergenerational work
  5.  Older person contributing to intergenerational work
  6. Building successful partnerships through intergenerational work

More info here

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING nominations is 5pm on FRIDAY 5th February 2016.

The Scottish Parliament is offering free workshops

Scottish Parliament Event – Your Scottish Parliament: Your Voice – Workshops

The Scottish Parliament is offering free workshops which give the opportunity to learn more about how the Parliament works and how to make your voice heard.

• Do you want to understand the business of the Scottish Parliament?
• Are you unsure how to influence and make your voice heard?
• Want to learn more about how Bills are made and passed?
• Need to know how to write evidence for Committees?

Find out more about these workshops and how to register for attending on The Scottish Parliament webpage – Your Scottish Parliament: Your Voice – Workshops

Scotland’s first ever Adult Achievement Awards at Newbattle Abbey College.

Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages  presented Scotland’s first ever Adult Achievement Awards at Newbattle Abbey College on Wednesday 16th December

Newbattle SQA Presentation-5

Partnership and progression transforming lives.

The two proud recipients, pictured with Dr Allan are  Ian Tracey, 51, and Paul Crookston, 22. Both  are involved in a Rural Skills Programme, run in partnership with Newbattle Abbey College and Midlothian Council Social Work Department.


Adult Achievement Awards were developed by the college in partnership with Education Scotland and the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership (SCQF).


Strategic Forum for Adult Learning meeting with Cabinet Secretary


The National Strategic Forum for Adult Learning had a productive meeting with Angela Constance on Thursday  3rd December

Pictured here with  Angela Constance, are  some members of the Forum who are working with partners to take  forward,  the Statement of Ambition  for Adult Learning in Scotland.  Clockwise on the Cabinet Secretary’s right are Jayne Stuart WEA Scotland, Emma Whitelock, LEAD Scotland, Eric Whitfield, CLD Managers Scotland, Ann Southwood, Newbattle Abbey College, Jane Logue, West Dunbartonshire CLD,  Marian Docherty Newbattle Abbey College,  Loretta Mordi – Museums and Galleries Scotland, Fiona Boucher, SLP,  Danny Logue, SDS,  Jackie Howie, Learning Link Scotland.