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WEA students Cathy Thomas and Sarah Nichols spoke at the launch of the Independent Inquiry into Family Learning last Friday. NIACE organised the event on the theme of Forgotten Families: How learning in families contributes to a range of policy agendas.
Their tutor, Tracey Martin, and WEA Organiser, Trish Hollies, accompanied them as they joined the Princess Royal, members of the House of Lords, family learning practitioners, government department representatives and other adult students. I was also invited to speak about Family learning and its role in widening participation in adultlearning.
There’s more information about the Inquiry at http://www.niace.org.uk/current-work/family-learning-inquiry.
Carol Taylor from NIACE interviewed Sarah, Cathy and Emily Fearn, another successful adult learner from Croydon, as part of the event. Their moving first hand accounts showed the impact of family learning.
Cathy and Sarah, who are both from Yorkshire, wrote their own pen portraits before the event:
Cathy in her own words
I’m a 33-year-old, married mother of…
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