ECA Publications.

Publications available from Head Office are:

Flexible Pathways Towards Professionalisation, Senior Adult Educators in Europe - Anne Strauch, Miriam Radtke, Raluca Lupou (Ed.)

Written by the Flexi-Path project partnership (including Bernard Godding of the ECA) this publication describes the ideas and the theoretical background behind the project as well as introducing the Flexi-Path Toolkit and looking towards future opportunities. 

Limited stock.  £19 free p&p.

Flexi-Path Toolkit - A Guide to Creating a Professional Portfolio to Demonstrate High Level Competences of Adult Educatorsby Bernard Godding, Trish Kreft and Karen Read on behalf of the Flexi-Path project team.

The Toolkit gives users the resources to be able to demonstrate their high level work based competences by providing a step by step method for analysing complex professional situations in which competences have been (are) demonstrated.  It facilitates professional development and helps to set a clear agenda for your Continuous Professional Development activities.  This includes guidelines for planning developmental activities which will enable users to work towards acquiring additional competences. 

This resource is available on-line in pdf format.  Click here to view the document (this may take several minutes to download).

Mabel Tylecote: Champion of Adult Education by Ronnie Wilson. A tribute to Mabel Tylecote (1896-1987) adult educationalist and promoter of adult education, politician, and activist. Includes material from Derek Legge MBE, Joyce Hennessey, and Bernard Godding.

This booklet is available on-line in pdf format.  Click here to view this document.

Supporting Adult Learners Locally by Dr John Payne.

Case studies in Information, Advice and Guidance using evidence from London and Brighton to show how working in partnership can make learning more accessible.


A Lifetime in the Education of Adults by Alan Skinner MBE.

A tribute to Ray Lamb MBE (1908-1999) exemplar and promoter of adult learning, former Warden of the adult education centre in Walthamstow, former Honorary Secretary of the ECA. Includes material from Peter Baynes, Ronald Wilson, Peter Boshier, Harold Marks HMI, Bernard Godding, Brian Rainey, Brian Leighton, Peter Clyne, Prof Brian Groombridge, Prof Konrad Elsdon.


Consulting with ACL Users - Some Guidelines by Dr John Payne.

A fresh, 'no-nonsense' and realistic view of managing community involvement in adult learning in the present era of audits, inspections and reviews. Ever-present in this report is the major element of successful collaboration: the open, honest and meaningful partnership.


Grey Friars: Opening the Door to Adult Education by Dorothy Schwarz, Maggie Freeman and Alan Skinner. Foreword by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC.

The story of an adult education centre told through inspirational examples from just a few of the tens of thousands of people who have gone through the blue door on Colchester's High Street to learn, work or support adult education. Both remembering the past and looking to the future, this book urges stability of funding for centres which truly serve the community. Published by Access Books (an adult education charity, no 1095713) with support from the ECA.


Copies are available on request of the ECA's Annual Reports and Constitution (free) and ECA information and recruitment leaflets 'Care about Adult Learning' (free).


ECA Annual Reports

ECA Annual Report 2012-2013 

ECA Annual Report 2011-2012

ECA Annual Report 2010-2011

ECA Annual Report 2009-2010

ECA Annual Report 2008-2009

ECA Annual Report 2007-2008

ECA Annual Report 2006-2007

ECA Annual Report 2005-2006

ECA Constitution Adopted October 2008


The ECA News

View PDF versions of back copies of ECA newsletters by clicking on the links below.

ECA News June 2008

ECA News January 2008 The Arts and Crafts Edition

ECA News Spring Edition 2007 Older Learners 

ECA News Autumn Edition 2006 The Sustainability Edition

ECA News July Edition 2006 The Citizenship Edition

ECA News Spring Edition 2006

ECA News July Edition 2005 The Euro Edition

ECA News Summer Edition 2004

ECA News Spring Edition 2004


Also available are reports of conferences by Dr Peter Boshier (whilst supplies last). Currently still available are:

Making Learning Local - a report of the conference in March 2000.
Over a dozen sets of notes on presentations such as UFL and Learndirect;
Taking Risks - tackling social exclusion;
The Learning and Skills Bill and Beyond;
Access and Regeneration - a return to locality;
Access to Funding;
Learning to Succeed - post-16 funding futures; plus workshop reports.

Learning Across the Generations - a report of the October 1999 conference with notes on the presentations covering:

Family Learning;
Broadcasting for Learning Families;
Parenting Education;
Responding to the White Paper;
LEAs and Lifelong learning, an all age and stage approach;
plus a number of workshop reports.

To receive any of the publications contact the ECA Head Office on or Tel: ++44 8442 495594.

Publications can be paid for using either cheque or bank transfer.