ERIC Number: ED408485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Basic Skills for Life.
Department for Education and Employment, London (England).
This booklet describes existing and planned government initiatives to address the long-standing issue of low achievement in basic literacy and numeracy skills in England. The booklet begins with a brief explanation of the economic and social importance of basic functional literacy and numeracy skills. Part 1 is a discussion of English government policy initiatives to improve literacy and numeracy throughout England. Among the specific topics discussed are the following: children from preschool age to age 16 (identifying and meeting all pupils' needs, improving the quality of teaching, challenging current standards and promoting school improvement); the transition from school to work; help for adults; and information technology. Examined in part 2 are possible directions for future government initiatives targeted toward children and parents, young people, and adults. Part 2 also addresses issues that must be considered when developing policies for the longer term: improving the effectiveness of existing national/local provision for basic skills, identifying best practices and improvements needed in practices and the overall structure of basic skills provision, and determining how to disseminate research and evaluation results more effectively. Selected definitions are appended. Also included is a set of 24 fact sheets on basic skills- and literacy-related topics. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Basic Skills, Early Childhood Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Functional Literacy, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Information Technology, Lifelong Learning, Literacy Education, Numeracy, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, Youth Programs
Cambertown Ltd., Unit A, Commercial Road, Goldthorpe Industrial Estate, Goldthorpe, Nr Rotherham S63 9BL, England, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department for Education and Employment, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)