NRDC, Institute of Education, London, UK

 The Institute of Education is the UK’s premier institution for the education and training of teachers and for the conduct of educational research. The IOE is dedicated to teaching, research and consultancy in education and education-related areas of social science and professional practice. Research at the Institute is of an international standing and draws extensively on disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The IOE’s international reach extends to some 100 countries. Our research, consultancy and collaborative partnerships bring us into contact with governments, international and national agencies, institutions and organisations in every continent.

The Institute has 16 academic departments each with their own diverse specialisms which encompass children, young people and families, schools and services, further education, health, employment, social care, disadvantaged groups and poverty, adult numeracy and literacy, underemployment, English for speakers of other languages, educational technologies, lifelong learning, family learning, community learning and old age, amongst many others. For the purposes of this project the Institute will be represented by one of its departments, the National Research and Development Centre for adult literacy and numeracy (NRDC).

 NRDC was established in 2002 by the UK government as part of the Skills for Life strategy (the national strategy for improving adult literacy and numeracy skills in England and Wales), to create a strong evidence base for the future with close links to practice and policy. NRDC has an international reputation, undertaking research and development activity for a wide range of funders.

 NRDC has worked with partners in the UK, EU and beyond to generate knowledge about adult learning and use that to inform policy and improve practice. The robust evidence base it has created since its inception has led to its establishment as a world-renowned centre of excellence. It provides development and research expertise to a range of funders via a strong staff team with extensive skills and experience in the lifelong learning sector.

 For more information about the Institute of Education, University of London: www.ioe.ac.uk Phone: +44 (0)20 7612 6000

 Contact details: d.mallows@ioe.ac.uk