A question of belonging? Engaging the most disadvantaged groups in learning
Monday 21 January 2008
Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL
This conference aimed to address facts, challenges and ideas about the role of Skills for Life in creating a more inclusive society, with better life chances for individuals and families in active, cohesive and diverse communities.
By highlighting key policy issues and new findings from research and good practice, we explored the impact of Skills for Life on the learning of priority groups and examine how the strategy can contribute to bolstering community cohesion and employability.
Rt Hon David Lammy MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills
Sarah Ebanja - Deputy Chief Executive and Group Director for Strategy, Equalities and Performance, London Development Agency
Prof John Bynner - Professor of Social Sciences in Education, Institute of Education, University of London
The conference also featured new research illuminating disadvantage and evidence on participation and success rates of learners from Muslim backgrounds.
There were a series of workshops featuring case studies and research on successful engagement with a range of priority groups including homeless, young offenders, refugees and people from different ethnic minority backgrounds.