November 2019 marked another hugely significant educational centenary: the publication of the Ministry of Reconstruction’s Final Report on Adult Education.

The report, largely authored by R.H. Tawney, set the groundwork for liberal adult education in Britain for the rest of the 20th century. Its centenary is, we believe, a vital opportunity to reflect on the needs and possibilities for adult education today.

What we want to do

In partnership with the University of Nottingham, the Raymond Williams Foundation, the Workers' Educational Association, and the University of Oxford there will be a programme of activities taking place throughout the year centred on the centenary of the 1919 Report. The programme will recover and re-evaluate the twentieth-century history of adult education, and set out a vision for a life-wide adult education for the century ahead.

As part of this, and to stimulate a wide-ranging debate to open up new avenues for the development of adult education for the century ahead, all partners are involved in establishing The Commission on Adult Education.

How you can get involved

You can follow the conversation across social media via #AdultEducation100 whilst we'll also be updating our website regularly with news on the project.

You can also submit your thoughts on adult education and join the national debate via the button below.

Have your say


There are a range of resources that have been created to help you get involved in the adult education debate. From coffee mornings and debates to lectures and discussions, these recipe cards, briefing notes and certificates available to download below will give you all the inspiration you need. Don't forget to use #AdultEducation100 on social media to join the wider conversation too!

Full guide to #AdultEducation100

Certificate to give to participants at your event

Debate cards

Recipe cards

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