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ERIC Number: ED533698
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-8599-0047-X
Family Literacy Works: Key Findings from the NFER Evaluation of the Basic Skills Agency's Demonstration Programmes
Basic Skills Agency
The Basic Skills Agency (formerly the Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit--ALBSU) is the national development agency for literacy, numeracy and related basic skills in England and Wales. This agency defines basic skills as " the ability to read, write, and speak in English and use mathematics at a level necessary to function and progress at work and in society in general." There is a serious basic skills problem in the U.K. Many children struggle with skills most people take for granted while too many adults have little mastery of those essential skills. It's an enormous drawback for them and a tremendous disadvantage for society. Family literacy programmes can prevent failure as well as help adults--notably parents--improve their basic skills. Family literacy programs offer what the Americans describe as 'double duty dollars' because they target both parents and their children. Research by National Federation of Educational Research (NFER) summarised in this leaflet provides objective evidence that family literacy programmes can prevent failure. Four pilot programmes which offered combined courses for parents' poor basic skills and their young children are described. Documentation of very encouraging results and detailed information on: (1) the programmes and their operation; (2) factors in their success; and (3) lessons and recommendations are provided.
Basic Skills Agency. Available from: National Institute of Adult Continuing Education. 21 De Montford Street, Leicester, LE1 7GE, UK. Tel: +44-116-204-4200; Fax: +44-116-285-4514; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Basic Skills Agency (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (Wales)