Supported Learning pop-up Christmas shops

Please visit one of our Supported Learning pop-up Christmas shops! 3rd December, 3 – 7pm: Witham United Reformed Church 6th December, 10.30 – 2.30pm: Colchester Library 13th December, 11am – 1pm: ACL Colchester 13th December, time tbc: ACL Witham They will be selling a range of handmade goods including: Christmas cards and gifts produced by…

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NEWS RELEASE: Race to Zero: ACL Essex invests in sustainable futures

Adult learning provider, ACL Essex, is investing in new sustainable practises and technology as part of its commitment to the global UNFCCC ‘Race to Zero’ campaign. The adult education provider is not only embedding sustainability into its curriculum but is also investing heavily in new technology that will ensure sustainable growth. Recently, ACL Essex Witham…

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Tutor exhibits at Snape Maltings

One of our tutors, Tessa Frampton, has been invited to show her work as a solo exhibition at the Malting Gallery in Suffolk.  Tessa shares the artistic process she went through to develop the collection: “I have been working for a year for this exhibition at the Maltings gallery. I have based the theme on three walks, the…

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Sustainable Choices in the Creative Curriculum

Article by Jane, Curriculum Lead – Creative Industries and Culture The terms ‘sustainability’ and ‘sustainable development’ have seen increasing usage since the 1970’s and particularly in recent years, but what do they actually mean? One of the most frequently quoted definitions is from the UN World Commission on Environment and Development Report, which states that “sustainable development is…

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NEWS RELEASE: Adult Community Learning Essex Offers Support with Cost-of-Living Crisis

NEWS RELEASE: Adult Community Learning Essex Offers Support with Cost-of-Living Crisis As energy bills and the cost of living are set to rise, adult education provider, ACL Essex, is highlighting the support available to people of Essex. Responding to the cost-of-living crisis, the learning provider is delivering courses that will help residents to find ways…

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Values Day 2022

Today we celebrate World Values Day. This annual campaign aims to increase the awareness and practice of values around the world.     This year, the theme is ‘Values for Community’. At ACL we are at the heart of Communities, and we want to share our Values with you: Inclusive – treating others with respect…

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Christmas Card Competition 2022

It’s nearly that magical time of year again, and what better way to celebrate than sharing all your wonderful Winter & Christmas themed art, creations and photography. Enter our Christmas Card Competition for a chance for your artwork or photography to be showcased on our website, included in our 2023 calendar, and printed to share…

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NEWS RELEASE: It takes a village: Family learning courses with ACL Essex

NEWS RELEASE: It takes a village: Family learning courses with ACL Essex Adult education provider, ACL Essex, launched new family learning courses for the academic year 2022/23. The courses aim to help parents, carers, grandparents, and any caregivers of children provide the best support for young people, by improving mental wellbeing, healthy eating, learning opportunities and…

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History of Sustainability

To celebrate Love Your Library Day on Saturday 8 October, we will be running a free course on climate change, History of Sustainability, at Chelmsford Library. This year the theme of Love Your Library Day is the environment. This course will give you an introduction to the history of sustainability that explores its origins and…

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Adult Community Learning Essex (ACL) joins the successful Advice Store in Basildon Town Centre

Adult Community Learning Essex (ACL) joins the successful Advice Store in Basildon Town Centre Adult education provider, ACL Essex, has joined Basildon Council’s Advice Store to provide information for local residents about the opportunities available to them. Bringing new opportunities to people in Basildon, ACL Essex will be based fortnightly at the Advice Store, offering…

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Celebrating GCSE Results Day: Amanda and Cherokee

Today we are celebrating GCSE results day (Thursday 25 August). ACL learners from across the county were delighted with their GCSE results, which will help many continue onto further courses and step into new career pathways. Among those celebrating their results are ACL Colchester learners Amanda, and her daughter Cherokee. Speaking of her experience at…

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Set for success: Access to Higher Education Learners results

Not all learners going to university this year will have got there following the traditional A-level route. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is equivalent to A-levels and is recognised by top UK universities as an accepted entry requirement into undergraduate courses, proving that there is more than one route into university. Twenty students sitting…

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Recognising Outstanding Learners at our Award Ceremony: Rachel Mills

On 6th July, we celebrated learners at our Annual Achievement Awards ceremony, held at the Central Baptist Church in Chelmsford. Over 30 awards were handed to learners, and among the recipients was Witham-based Rachel Mills, who received the Supporting Others Award. Rachel, who takes English, Maths and Digital Skills courses at ACL Witham, was very…

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Recognising Outstanding Learners at our Award Ceremony: Stacey Johnson and Mira Lolliyee

On 6th July, we celebrated learners at our Annual Achievement Awards ceremony, held at the Central Baptist Church in Chelmsford. Over 30 awards were handed to learners, and among the recipients were Stacey Johnson and Mira Lolliyee, who both studied at ACL Basildon. Stacey Johnson won the Learning in the Workplace Award for her hard…

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Recognising Outstanding Learners at our Award Ceremony: Amy Parker and Jianzhi Chen

On 6th July, we celebrated learners at our Annual Achievement Awards ceremony, held at the Central Baptist Church in Chelmsford. Over 30 awards were handed to learners, and among the recipients were Colchester-based Amy Parker and Jianzhi Chen, who each received a Personal Growth and Achievement Award. Amy studied GCSE English Language at ACL Colchester,…

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Recognising Outstanding Learners at our Award Ceremony: Sam Railton

On 6th July, we celebrated learners at our Annual Achievement Awards ceremony, held at the Central Baptist Church in Chelmsford. Over 30 awards were handed to learners, and among the recipients was Sam Railton, who studies at ACL Brentwood. Sam won the Supporting Others award, and takes several courses at ACL throughout the week, including…

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Hot Weather Update

Our centres will remain open and classes are running as normal unless advised otherwise. If we do close centres, updates will be shared via our social media feeds, home page of our website, to those who have subscribed to our email newsletter and learners directly via email.   Balmy long evenings and warm summer days…

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Recognising Outstanding Learners at our Award Ceremony: Helene Mayes, Suzanne Smithies, and Danielle Kelly

On 6th July, we celebrated learners at our Annual Achievement Awards ceremony, held at the Central Baptist Church in Chelmsford. Over 30 awards were handed to learners, and among the recipients were Chelmsford-based Helene Mayes, Suzanne Smithies, and Danielle Kelly. Helene Mayes has completed many courses at ACL Chelmsford and said: “Every course I’ve done…

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ACL Awards 2022

On 6th July, we hosted our ACL Awards 2022, recognising the inspirational people that embody our values and help make ACL a wonderful place to work and learn. Learners and staff were recognised for supporting and making a difference to others, their personal growth and achievement, and their dedication to lifelong learning. We would like…

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Welcome to our new Harlow centre!

On 2nd July, we opened the doors to the new ACL Harlow and Library, welcoming residents into our exciting new facilities and learning environments. We were joined by Rt Hon Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, and Councillor Tony Ball, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Excellence, Lifelong Learning and Employability, as well as local…

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ACL represented at National conference

Our ESOL team attended the NATECLA (National Association for Teaching English and Other Community Languages to Adults) conference in Birmingham from 24-25 June. Carol Samlal (ESOL/Digital Skills tutor at ACL Harlow) is the regional chair for the East of England branch and plays a key role in NATECLA activity. She delivered a well-received workshop on…

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Find Your Active

When it comes to being active, we all know that finding the right activity greatly increases your chances of creating a new, sustainable, healthy habit. But it’s one thing to recognise how important activity is, and quite another to build it in to your everyday life. Active Essex’s ‘Find Your Active’ campaign encourages Essex residents…

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NEWS RELEASE: Local MP and Councillor talk exciting new plans at ACL Essex, Harlow

Adult education provider, ACL Essex, welcomed two special visitors to its Harlow campus on Friday 20th May. Rt Hon Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, and Councillor Tony Ball, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Excellence, Lifelong Learning and Employability discussed exciting new plans for ACL Essex in Harlow.  They also visited students in their…

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NEWS RELEASE: ACL Essex Hosts Community Event to Support Ukrainian Families and Hosts

ACL Essex Hosts Community Event to Support Ukrainian Families and Hosts Adult education provider, ACL Essex, is hosting a community event to support Ukrainian families and their UK hosts on Wednesday 1st June in locations across Essex. Attendees can find out about the learning opportunities available, guidance on improving employment prospects, and where to find…

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Master the Colour Wheel

Written by Abbie Cairns, Creative Learning Tutor The colour wheel is a great way to help you understand how colours are created, and which ones complement or clash with one other. Understanding the colour wheel is not only a great artistic skill to have, but it’s also useful when deciding on a colour palette, redecorating…

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NEWS RELEASE: ACL Essex encourages businesses to get on board with innovative sustainability course

ACL Essex encourages businesses to get on board with innovative sustainability course Adult education provider, ACL Essex, is offering businesses the opportunity to train staff free of charge about the benefits of developing a more sustainable world with a new course. As ACL Essex moves towards a sustainable curriculum, embedding the issue in all curriculum…

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BUSINESS TIMES: Expand your knowledge of sustainable development, climate change and global warming

Business Times – Sustainability: Expand your knowledge of sustainable development, climate change and global warming Sustainable development, climate change and global warming are common features of news reports with leaders from across the world finding ways to tackle these big problems for humanity with ever increasing levels of urgency. Here at ACL Essex, we’ve been…

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