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Improving adult literacy, numeracy and language: the Learning and Skills Council's delivery plan

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Learning and Skills Council
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N&Lfor matrix Improving Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Language - The Learning and Skills Council's Delivery Plan i Improving Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Language - The Learning and Skills Council’s Delivery Plan Summary of Contents In its Corporate Plan, the Learning and Skills Council (the Council) makes clear the priority it will give to improving the literacy, numeracy and language skills of the nation. This delivery plan outlines how the Council will set about meeting this challenging target in the initial years of its operation and how, with its partners, it will build the foundations for long term, successful action in improving literacy, numeracy and language skills in the future. Seven million people have poor literacy and numeracy skills, including around half a million or more who struggle with English because it is not their first language. Skills for Life is the Government’s strategy for improving adult literacy and numeracy skills. This strategy also identifies priority groups who must be involved in learning if their needs are to be met. The improvement of literacy, numeracy and language skills is a key to economic regeneration and social inclusion. The strategy sets a target of improving the literacy and numeracy skills of 750,000 adults by 2004. The Council is a primary player in ensuring that this target is met. The delivery plan outlines how the Council will meet this challenging target through its 47 local Learning and Skills Councils (local Councils). Adult basic skills provision is defined as that provision which caters for the literacy, numeracy and language1 needs of post-162 learners, including those with learning difficulties or disabilities, from pre-Entry level to Level 2, and covers the Key Skills of Communication and Application of Number up to Level 2, whether delivered as stand alone provision or as part of a vocational programme or bolt-on course, and whether delivered full-time, part-time or through self-study or ICT. In this context, lit

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