Adult Education Participation Grows to Hit Record High

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Adult participation in education has grown to its highest ever recorded level – but differences in social class and geographical divides still persist, according to a new survey. Data from Learning and Work Institute (L&W) shows that adults in lower socio-economic groups remain twice as likely to not have participated in learning since leaving full-time education compared to those in higher socio-economic groups and the gap has increased in the last year. L&W revealed the findings through its annual adult participation in learning survey for 2023. Here are the key findings:

  • Adult education participation at highest-ever level.

  • Adults from lower social backgrounds are less likely to access education.

  • Geographical divides remain.

  • Age gaps in adult participation are closing.

  • Two-thirds of learners record at least one barrier to learning.

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