widening access

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Part of the widening participation agenda, the drive to widen access to education focuses particularly on those potential learners who find themselves excluded from educational or training opportunities by difficulties to do with their access to it, rather than out of choice. Such difficulties might include access in the literal sense, for those who live some distance away from provision or who have a disability which affects their mobility or ability to gain entry to the campus or buildings where learning is offered. They might also include cultural or language issues which make it difficult for the potential learner to access information about provision or to attend classes at the institution concerned. Adults in full‐time work may also have difficulty in attending courses which are taught during their working hours. Awareness of issues over access has led to an expansion in outreach classes and community education, and in the development of distance learning, blended learning, and e‐learning models. See also inclusion; inclusivity; Kennedy Report; Warnock Report.

Subjects: Education.

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