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ERIC Number: ED539948
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 34
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-7053-1058-2
Changing Lives: Adult Literacy and Numeracy in Scotland
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education
One of the recommendations of the "Adult Literacy and Numeracy in Scotland" report (ALNIS), published in 2001, was that progress against its recommendations should be reviewed at the end of the third year of the national initiative. This HMIE report contributes to that review of progress. The report confirms that the initiative is having a positive impact on individuals' lives, and includes impressive personal testimony from many learners. Literacies programmes are making important contributions to individuals' sense of self-worth and self-confidence. They are making a significant difference to participants' capacity to contribute within the family, at work and in the community. More focused monitoring of learners' progress and achievement is now needed to enable quantification of the specific literacy gains across the large group of learners and to provide assurance that the national initiative is having the effect that Ministers intended. Across all providers, teaching, learning and most aspects of support are generally effective. Tutors are very committed to their learners and to playing their full part as professionals in progressing the adult literacy and numeracy strategy. Relationships between tutors and learners, and among learners, are warm, supportive and characterised by good humour and a concern for the welfare of others. However, there is scope for individual providers to improve in areas such as initial assessment of learners, the use of learning plans and quality assurance. The main emphasis has been on literacy, and attention should be given to developing numeracy skills. Further development of adult literacies in Scotland will require clearer direction and impetus at both national and local levels to build on the progress and developing good practice described in this report. Improved central arrangements are needed to promote a wider range of training opportunities for practitioners. Bibliography and glossary are included. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education. Denholm House Almondvale Business Park, Almondvale Way, Livingston, EH54 6GA, UK. Tel: +44-014-1282-5000; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) (Scotland)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)