Timeline of Adult Learning since 1992

19th May 2006 at 01:00
2002 * May: first Adult Learners' Week

* March: Further Higher Education Act 1992 (Training and Enterprise Councils and Further Education Funding Council set up, "Schedule 2" introduced), which limited state funding to "relevant" studies

* Department of Education and Science becomes Department of Education

1993 * National Advisory Council for Education and Training Targets launched

* European Commission white paper Growth, Competitiveness Employment

* Campaign against VAT on adult education courses

1995 * Employment Department and Department for Education merged to form DfEE (Department for Education and Employment)

1996 * European Year of Lifelong Learning

* Learning : the treasure within - report to Unesco on Education for the 21st Century

1997 * May: Labour wins general election - Adult Learners' Week one of David Blunkett's first official engagements as Education Secretary

* September: Learning Direct national telephone helpline launched (now learndirect)

* National Advisory Committee for Adult Education and Lifelong Learning (the Fryer Committee) established

* Publication of the Kennedy report Learning Works

1998 * The Learning Age green paper published with its lyrical foreword

* Moser report on Basic Skills

* September: first Sign up Now campaign

* Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs) piloted

1999 * January: first Sign up Again campaign

* International Year of Older People - Niace's Older Bolder report

* Adult Community Learning Fund

2000 * University for Industry (UfI) launched

* ILAs rolled out nationally

2001 * April: Learning and Skills Council (LSC) established

* June: DfEE becomes Department for Education and Skills (DfES)

* June: Estelle Morris becomes Secretary of State for Education

* December: ILAs scheme closed down

2002 * Creation of the Sector Skills Council Network

* October: Charles Clarke becomes Secretary of State for Education following the resignation of Estelle Morris

2003 * July: publication of the Skills strategy 21st century skills: realising our potential

2004 * July: Higher Education Act

* December: Ruth Kelly appointed as Secretary of State for Education

2005 * March: publication of the second Skills Strategy document Skills: getting on in business, getting on at work

* November: Foster review of the future role of FE colleges

2006 * March: Further Education white paper Raising skills, improving life chances

* May: Alan Johnson appointed as Secretary of State for Education

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now