ERIC Number: ED451374
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Skills for Life: Statement on the National Strategy for Improving Adult Literacy and Numeracy Skills. The Agency Responds.
Rogers, Penny, Ed.
England's Learning and Skills Development Agency welcomes the introduction of a coherent national funding and delivery strategy for adult literacy, numeracy, and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). The agency believes that the strategy should incorporate the lessons of previous literacy and numeracy initiatives and build on examples of good practice across the post-16 sector, including work-based, community-based, and further education college-based provision. It is also the agency's hope that literacy and numeracy students be approached as adult customers and that funding streams for basic skills be harmonized. The agency has 96 specific recommendations concerning the following areas: (1) challenges facing literacy, numeracy, and ESOL education; (2) motivation and participation; (3) infrastructure for delivery; (4) new targets and resources; (5) priority groups; (6) building a firm foundation (management, teaching staff, initial assessment, accommodation); (6) management of learning (learning programs, certification for bite-sized achievement, progression); (7) national tests; (8) national curriculum; (9) key skills and basic skills; (10) new teaching materials; (11) inspection; (11) pathfinder projects; (12) flexible learning and information and communications technology; and (13) next steps. (Specific agency recommendations regarding staff training, priority groups, and non-schedule 2 evaluations are appended. Twenty-five endnotes are included.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Students, Basic Skills, Change Strategies, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Research, English (Second Language), Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Functional Literacy, Homeless People, Information Technology, Instructional Materials, Literacy Education, National Programs, Needs Assessment, Numeracy, Policy Formation, Portfolio Assessment, Program Administration, Program Evaluation, Public Policy, Reading Skills, Research Projects, Skill Development, Special Needs Students, Strategic Planning, Student Certification, Student Evaluation, Testing, Theory Practice Relationship, Unemployment, Youth Employment
Learning and Skills Development Agency, 3 Citadel Place, Tinworth Street, London SE11 5EF, England, United Kingdom, Tel: 020 7840 5443; Fax: 020 7840 5401; Web site: http://www.LSagency.org.uk.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Learning and Skills Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)