Research and analysis

Community Learning Trust pilot: summary evaluation report

Provides key findings from the Community Learning Trust pilots' evaluation. BIS research paper number 137.



In August 2012, after a review and national consultation, BIS introduced new community learning policy objectives. BIS also launched 15 Community Learning Trust (CLT) pilots to test different approaches in the planning, delivery and funding of community learning.

This report draws on information collected between September 2012 to May 2013. It summarises key findings and lessons from the pilots during this short period of time, in order to help the wider community learning sector implement both the Community Learning objectives and the new approaches to deliver these from August 2013.

The report covers:

  • the set up of the Trusts
  • partnership working
  • engaging disadvantaged learners
  • Pound Plus (income generation)
  • conclusions and lessons for the sector

Next steps

A further more detailed report is expected in autumn 2013.


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Published 27 September 2013