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The survey – which examined the maths, English and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) levels of 16-65 year olds across England – found that in some areas, around a quarter of adults have the numeracy skills of a seven to nine year old or below. In Yorkshire and the Humber, the West Midlands and the South East, there was a boost in literacy skills.
Minister for Skills Matthew Hancock MP joined writers Andy McNab and Adele Parks to push for a two-fold increase in the use of The Reading Agency’s Six Book Challenge adult literacy programme in the next five years, to help tackle the UK’s continuing skills deficit.
Ofsted has published its Annual Report for 2011/12, the first under the new Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw. One of the key findings for learning and skills is that the system needs to do more to ensure that young people secure English and mathematics skills by age 19.
Increased funding for functional skills has been announced by the Skills Funding Agency. The increases of more than 100% apply to rates for functional skills in English and maths used with adults in the workplace, either as stand-alone qualifications or within an apprenticeship framework.
Education Scotland and YouthLink Scotland have launched a new version of the Big Book of Literacies Training (BBLT), a resource bank for supporting young people with their literacies.
The report endorses the creation of a further education Guild, and recommends that teachers of English and maths and those working with students with learning difficulties or disabilities should have specialist qualifications rather than relying on past qualifications or experiences.
New research reveals that reading plays a vital role in the lives of blind and partially sighted people, helping them to overcome daily challenges, boosting mental well-being, enabling them to develop learning and skills and providing opportunities for social contact through reading groups.
New Entry 1 and 2 worksheets, factsheets and quizzes and an interactive phonics tool are now available on the BBC Skillswise website.
From September 2012, LSIS will be offering 3 and 6-day packages of support for English, maths and ESOL/Functional Skills.
A scheme which provides a contribution towards the fees for those training to teach in the further education sector has been confirmed by LSIS.
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