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Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning – Emerging Themes

I am pleased to introduce the Commission’s summary of emerging themes. This is a progress report on the first phase of the Commission’s work from June to November. It invites further comment and debate over the winter to inform our final report and framework for action in March, which I hope will reflect the ambitions we share for excellence in adult vocational teaching and learning.

This is a Commission about the future – of people, businesses, our economy and society. It is clear that future will depend on our capacity to harness the collective ambition and effort of everyone to develop a new generation of ‘home-grown’ highly skilled people to drive our future prosperity and well-being. We know that this country has world-class examples of vocational teaching and learning – we need to build on this expertise and replicate it more widely so that we can all be proud of a truly world-leading vocational education and training system.

I am very grateful to you for the time and energy that has gone into the over 250 submissions of evidence we have received. We will review these systematically over the winter so that our final report is rooted in your practice. We will also be developing principles, propositions and a framework for action, and would welcome your thoughts on these. Please send comments to Jenny Williams at by 25 January.

Thank you for your engagement with the Commission and my best wishes for a peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Frank McLoughlin CBE
Principal, City and Islington College and Chair of the Commission