Learning Circles get people together, make friends, and learn from each other. They can attract new people and good publicity to your club, centre or business and help give your community the energy, fun, friendliness, hope and knowledge of people learning together, from each other.
The principle of our work with Learning Circles is that everyone has something to teach and everyone has something to learn. Learning Circles (or Learning Groups) are informal groups of learners who get together on a regular basis to learn on a specific topic (much like a book club).
Learning circles were established as part of The Learning Revolution Project which is based across the nine English regions of the United Kingdom. It is a new model of self organised adult learning that will create a network of thousands of individuals to develop the infrastructure and support needed to enable them to establish informal Learning Circles across the country.
Learning Circles enable peer support and it creates new opportunities for adult learners to learn new skills and develop new interests. It is based on the principles of free open space venues for adult learning, defined and controlled by the learning communities themselves and facilitated by 'Learning'.
We have three colleagues working on delivering the learning revolutionaries project spread throughout the region. Julie Ballantyne and Anne Wilson will be developing learning circles in Cumbria, whilst Phil O’Brien is working in other parts of the region with partners.
Our approach to developing learning circles in the region is to build on the foundations built by these partnerships and add value to the work of our partners by developing the people they engage with presently to build their knowledge and skills to set up and lead learning circles that fit with the context of their community.
Learn more about through The Learning Revolution website.