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The doors may currently be closed at our adult community education centres but our staff have been very busy working from home to ensure that we can maintain our provision to existing learners where we can, and plan for a new year of learning.


Things we have been doing to maintain learning for many current learners include:

  • setting up online learning spaces and online learning sessions
  • creating podcasts, videos and other content for our learners
  • continuing to stay in contact with learners on continuing courses to ensure that they can continue their learning

Behind the scenes, we’ve been planning for a new year of learning, starting from September, including various online, distance and contingency options for flexible learning.

Things are far from usual at the moment and both our learners and staff have been adapting, developing and learning. We would like to send out a huge thank you to all our learners and staff for bearing with us, for your resilience and for meeting this challenge of teaching and learning in what, for many of us, is a new way.

If you are looking to whet your appetite with some free online learning, here are some really good places you can try.

Create yourself an account on Derbyshire Learning Online using the registration key 156449 and the department “DACES learner” to explore our free adult education learning content. Our employees all have existing accounts.

The National Careers Service skills toolkit gives people access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.

BBC Bitesize offers quality content including English, maths and currently there’s free daily bite-sized lessons. The BBC also has a range of learning English courses.

Maths Everywhere is an interactive learning tool to help deal with the numbers and calculations in everyday life.

If you’d like to get in touch with us, the best way to do so is to email your local adult community education centre. You can also follow us on our social media for updates and sign up to the adult community education newsletter.

We look forward to seeing you in the near future.