Event - Improving basic skills: An international perspective on a UK dilemma

Victoria Conference Centre
1 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0ET
United Kingdom
Wednesday, 14 January, 2015 - 10:00

The UK is treading water when it comes to international comparisons of adult basic skills, according to the OECD Survey of Adult Skills. Join us for a BIS-sponsored event to reflect on what we can learn from the OECD survey and other relevant research, and determine what actions might best be taken in future, drawing on international practice.

We will examine

  • Adult skills in the UK: drawing on evidence from the OECD Survey of Adult Skills to dissect the UK problem, understand who is at risk of low skills and the factors contributing to persistent skills inequality in the UK.
  • The role of employers: drawing on the largest UK quantitative evidence on employers’ demand for basic skills.
  • International policy perspectives: drawing on a comprehensive international evidence review on high-performing and improving countries.
  • What lessons can be drawn for the UK from Norway and the United States.

Speakers include

Chair: Siobhan Carey
Chief Statistician, BIS

Nick Boles
Minister of State for Skills and Equalities

Marco Paccagnella
OECD Directorate for Education and Skills

Newman Burdett
National Foundation for Education Research

Trinh Tu
Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute

David Mallows
National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy
Xeni Dimakos
Vox, Norwegian Agency for Lifelong Learning
Professor Steve Reder
Portland University

The speakers will join panel discussions at the end of the morning and afternoon sessions, and there will be plenty of opportunities for networking. The conference is targeted at senior national and local policy makers, practitioners and researchers.

How to book

The event is free, but places are limited and filling up fast.

To avoid disappointment, please confirm your place as quickly as possible by clicking on the Online Booking link at the top of the page.

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