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Paper 4 - 23 July 1999 Meeting

ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES

23 July 1999

LIFE LONG LEARNING AND THE WHITE PAPER ON POST 16 EDUCATION

Report by the Director of Arts, Countryside and Community, Hampshire County Council

RECOMMENDATION

It is recommended that the report be noted and that all the local authorities of HIOWLA work together to develop new opportunities and initiatives which extend the range, scope and participation in Lifelong Learning.

SUMMARY

1. This report and appendix provide a background summary to a presentation which will be made to the meeting on 23 July by Ewart Wooldridge, Director of Arts, Countryside and Community, Hampshire County Council, and Peter Clyne, consultant on Lifelong Learning to Hampshire County Council.

2. At the HIOWLA meeting in March 1999, a report was given on the work undertaken by Hampshire County Council and its partners during the previous 12 months, which had culminated in a very successful Conference of all key stakeholders held at Horndean in January 1999.

3. Since then, the County Council has been successful in securing a grant from the DfEE Standards Fund to develop initiatives and a strategy for a Lifelong Learning Development Plan. Peter Clyne's attached report sets out the programme of work being undertaken, and most importantly, identifies the way in which effective partnership working can deliver a quite unique and innovative vision for Lifelong Learning in Hampshire.

1. Hampshire County Council commenced its current initiative on Lifelong Learning at the end of 1997, with the aim of taking a fresh look at what was meant by "learning", particularly focusing on the more informal opportunities which may exist within communities and in other places which were not normally equated with formal learning institutions.

2. This cross-cutting initiative, which is one of the key elements in the County Council's corporate strategy on the Quality of Life, was given renewed impetus by the Government's Green Paper "The Learning Age" and the associated projects such as the University for Industry, Individual Learning Accounts and the IT learning networks such as the National Grid for Learning and the New Library Network.

3. Subsequently, the Government gave the opportunity to local authorities to apply to the DfEE Standards Fund for resourcing Lifelong Learning Development Plans. The County Council's funding through this process has, inter alia, enabled it to use the services of a very experienced consultant in this field, Peter Clyne. His report is at Appendix I.

4. The overriding principal governing this initiative is that it is not seen as something being run by Hampshire County Council alone, nor just by the formal institutions involved in education within the County. Its success will depend upon very broadly based and inclusive partnership working at all levels from communities at the "grass roots" to strategic partnerships at sub-regional level, involving the County, the District Councils and the Unitary Authorities.

5. The County Council is required to submit its application for further funding for its Lifelong Learning Development Plan by the end of October this year. The overall success of a Lifelong Learning Development Plan will not just be judged by the quality of an application to DfEE, but by the extent to which innovative and informal projects for learning are prompted to spring up in all parts of our communities with the outcome of extending participation in learning.

EWART WOOLDRIDGE 
Director of Arts, Countryside and Community
Hampshire County Council

PS: Ewart Wooldridge and Peter Clyne will provide members with a briefing on the day concerning the main provisions and implications of the White Paper "Learning to Succeed".

Note: A copy of Appendix I is available on request

Last update: 11/10/2000
Author: Nick Goulder, Policy Manager

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