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Our Research

We often work with external partners to conduct research on trends and particular policy issues regarding skills, adult education and employment. Here you will find our research reports across a range of policy topics.

Supporting London’s Migrant Communities through AEB

November 2023

The Greater London Authority (GLA) commissioned the Learning and Work Institute to undertake research to explore the impact of changes to expand the accessibility of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) for refugee and migrant communities. These changes include expanding the three-year residency waiver to include long term migrants; full funding for those earning less than the London Living Wage (LLW); and full funding for AEB-eligible people seeking asylum, where previously they were required to part fund their course.

The report includes recommendations for both the GLA and local delivery partners to provide additional support to the sector and migrant Londoners.

Effective practice in English and maths for adult learners in London

January 2023

The Greater London Authority (GLA) commissioned the Learning and Work Institute to undertake research into the barriers to participation and achievement in basic English and maths training (at level 2 and below) and highlight examples of good practice that can be used to support London’s Adult Education Budget (AEB) providers to deliver improved social and economic outcomes for learners.   

AEB Evaluation Final Report

May 2022

IFF Research finalised their report covering the evaluation of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) in the 2020-21 Academic Year.   

Social prescribing into adult education in London research

March 2022

The Greater London Authority (GLA) commissioned Learning and Work Institute to undertake a mapping exercise of social prescribing to adult education to improve Londoners’ mental health.   

More than just education: A Participatory Action Research project on adult education in London

February 2022

This is a Toynbee Hall report on adult education commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA) to inform the preparation of the Mayor’s Skills Roadmap for London.   

Green Skills Adult Education Provision in London

January 2022

The GLA commissioned independent research into the green skills which are expected to grow in demand as London moves to net zero.    

Work Experience and Contextual Admissions in London’s Higher Education Institutions

November 2021

The GLA commissioned CFE Research to carry out qualitative research into the provision of work experience for students and the use of contextual admissions in higher education institutions in London.    

Higher Level Skills in London

October 2020

This research, commissioned by the GLA, establishes a stronger evidence base regarding the place and value of higher level skills (courses, apprenticeships, and qualifications at levels 4 and 5) in London.    

Independent Evaluation of the First Year of AEB Delivery

September 2020

The GLA commissioned IFF Research to conduct an independent evaluation of the first year of AEB delivery after delegation of the AEB to the Mayor in 2019.

London’s Post 16 Trajectories

July 2020

To establish a clearer understanding of what is driving post-16 education choices and performance in the capital, the GLA and London Councils commissioned Mime and the UCL Institute of Education to conduct research which tracked the pathways of 355,000 London residents from age 15 to 18.

Increasing Higher Education Retention in London

March 2019

The GLA commissioned the Social Market Foundation to look at the reasons behind the non-continuation (drop-out) rate of undergraduates studying at London’s higher education institutions.

London Post 16 Send Review

March 2019

In 2019 the GLA commissioned education specialists Mime to provide an up-to-date picture of supply and demand of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) provision for 16-25 year olds in London.

Mapping ESOL Provision in Greater London

May 2017

In February 2017, Learning and Work was commissioned by the Greater London Authority to undertake a mapping exercise of formal and informal provision of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in London, and undertake work to identify the language learning needs of resettled Syrian refugees in London.

London Adult Community Learning Review Report

March 2017

A 2017 report making recommendations for developing a long-term plan for Adult Community Learning in London.

Digital Talent Programme Research and Resources

2016 – 2018

A range of reports that helped shape the development and direction of the Mayor’s Digital Talent programme.