Reading Community Learning Network

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New Directions leads the Reading Community Learning Network (RCLN). The network currently has 36 member organisations and is independently chaired. If your organisation would like to join the network contact us

RCLN member organisations offer a varied range of targeted and universal learning opportunities and employment support to different groups in Reading.

RCLN Terms of Reference

To enable a strategic, co-ordinated and collaborative approach to the planning and delivery of adult learning for the benefit of adults and families in Greater Reading


  • To empower individuals/volunteers to understand what learning is and the opportunities it presents.
  • To improve the planning and joint targeting of funds to disadvantaged and priority groups of learners.
  • To widen participation in adult and family learning.
  • To map Community learning and identify gaps in provision.
  • To discuss and influence policy for the delivery and monitoring of funded Community provision in and around Reading.
  • To promote best practice in adult and family learning by providing a platform for reviewing activities and highlighting concerns.
  • To develop an Adult and Community Learning Plan for Reading which involves providers of Adult Learning sharing good practice and quality improvement activities.
  • To ensure that there is a clear relationship between the partnership and the delivery of local and sub-regional strategic partnerships.
  • To engage a wide range of agencies and organisations in thinking about the activities they offer as learning.
  • To review collective performance over the year in ensuring there is a wide range of high quality, challenging and inspiring community provision locally, and begin to form a view on the impact and social and economic value of such provision.
  • To monitor and discuss the success of the reforms using national and local indicators and begin to consider a range of local indicators.

Community Learning includes learning for personal development, cultural enrichment, intellectual or creative stimulation and enjoyment. It also includes building skills, knowledge and understanding for social, economic and community benefits in order to improve employability.