Skills for Life

January 2005
Education Journal;Jan2005, Issue 82, p20
This article presents information on the report "Skills for Life: Improving Adult Literacy and Numeracy," published by the National Audit Office (NAO) of Great Britain. In March 2001, the Department for Education and Skills launched the Skills for Life strategy. Its main aims were to give all adults an entitlement to free literacy, numeracy and language training; establish national standards, a national core curriculum and new national tests; set targets and increase funding so that all providers receive funds for learners following a literacy or numeracy course; and establish regional pathfinder areas to test how best to increase retention and achievement rates. The NAO report examined the cost of the programme and its achievements to date; the growth in participation; and how delivery will be sustained.


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