Professional, affordable support for adult learning, research, skills and training

Policy and Strategy 

  • Do you struggle to keep up to date with adult learning policy and developments, and need some support?
  • Would you like some analysis of how current or future policy may affect your organisation, and the environment that you work in?
  • Do you need to make sure that your strategic, delivery and quality improvement plans take account of the policy world so that you are ready for changes and development?

We can help you interpret adult learning policy and how it affects your organisation.  This includes ensuring plans and strategies take account of relevant policy.  This includes writing plans and strategies, or supporting other staff to develop the skills.


Seedbed Consulting Ltd can help you keep up to date with fast moving developments, and make sure that you don’t miss anything important. We can work with your managers to ensure strategic and delivery plans and robust and take account of the wider adult learning world, or we can train your staff to develop the skills to embed this in your future planning processes.


We have experience of writing and developing planning documents, and with running creative planning events with a range of public and third sector organisations.  We have also supported learning providers to understand the policy environment when writing bids for funding, or when looking for effective partnerships.


We have experience with:

 Writing strategic, delivery and quality improvement plans

  • Writing organisational strategic plans and sub-regional adult learning and skills plans, ensuring that they reflect local, regional and national policy priorities
  • Developing quality improvement plans to address both general organisational need and new policy priorities
  • Supporting organisations to write and implement delivery plans around Government strategies, initiatives and priorities

Providing policy information, advice and training 

  • Writing reference materials and delivering training on new legislation or priority policy areas
  • Providing policy updates or summaries of important policy developments to inform planning and delivery
  • Working one-to-one or with small groups to help develop ideas and implement organisational approaches to policy changes

Developing cross-sectoral partnerships

  • Developing learning plans which reference other sectors (such as employment, housing, arts & culture, communities and offending)
  • Working within regions to create effective partnerships to address specific issues (such as community engagement, neighbourhood regeneration and vocational pathways
  • Facilitating steering groups to both influence policy and plan to implement it


For examples of our previous work, please click on one of the buttons on the left


What our clients say about us...

“Amanda produces a monthly policy bulletin for our large network of third sector adult learning providers and manages our social media. She effectively manages to distil complex policy developments into simple, easily understood summaries, helping us develop responses to policy developments and supporting individual organisations stay on top of fast moving policy changes in adult learning”.


Tim Ward

CEO, Third Sector National Learning Alliance

“Amanda is phenomenally organised, has great people skills and a wealth of experience in the lifelong learning sector. She was an effective part of the team ensuring that policy development in both adult learning and other related sectors were incorporated into our regional funding plans and implementation policies. I could not recommend her more highly as a consultant”.


David West

London Development Agency

“I just wanted to feed back how exceptionally helpful the Policy in Your Pocket updates continue to be. They are so readable & informative. Congrats!”


Cheryl Turner

Senior Research Fellow Learning & Work Institute

Seedbed Consulting Ltd is a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales registered no. 08722861 | Email: | Phone: 07812 159689