I started this blog while working as an Adult Literacies & ESOL Worker in Community Learning and Development with a local authority in Scotland. I had also been involved in teaching general English and EAP to students coming to study at university in Scotland and in tutor training. I’m interested in language and learning and this blog was set up as a place to share thoughts, reflections and activities with colleagues around the world whenever I had something to say (and time to say it!). I enjoyed the discussions here, on other similar blogs and on Twitter. But, as some of you will perhaps have noticed, I either haven’t had anything to say or had the time for quite a while now. In the past couple of years, I’ve had the opportunity to do some new things and so I’m no longer working directly in literacies or ESOL.

One of those new things came about from my desire to understand a bit better what it was about education that hadn’t worked or still wasn’t working for a lot of the people I knew –  learners, family members, young people.  I enrolled as a part-time student on the University of Glasgow’s Doctorate in Education programme. I’ve recently completed three years of taught modules and it has been enlightening, eye opening and interesting and I have, I think, started to better understand the role of education in our society. Now as I start my research project, I’m hoping to be able to explore this a bit more. The other opportunity is a new role with the local authority to support the work around community empowerment and that has raised all sorts of other questions for me 😉



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