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1 Development of Literacy and Basic Education in Scotland

2 International Adult Literacy Survey in Scotland 23% of Adults at level 1 30% of Adults at level 2 (inadequate to meet demands of a knowledge society)

3 Adult Literacy prior to 2001 1975 Scottish Adult Literacy Agency (SCALA) established to support local authorities in provision of adult literacy service Budget of £100,000 1979 SCALA subsumed into local authorities

4 1979 – 2000 ad hoc support for Adult literacy – local authorities, community and voluntary groups 1992 local authorities advised that literacy and numeracy only minor concern – no need for trained literacy specialists 2000 - Advisory group on literacy and numeracy set up Research reports commissioned – 15000 learners – 1300 paid staff –1600 volunteers

5 New National Strategy A dult Literacy and Numeracy in Scotland (ALNIS) Based on 4 principles 1. A Lifelong Learning approach 2. Free to Learners 3. Targets priority groups 4. Grounding change in research and learner consultation

6 New national strategy launched in July 2001 Aim - double the number of learning opportunities for adult literacy and numeracy learners over three years to 30,000 learners Budget of £ 24.1m through local authorities to: Community Learning Strategy Partnerships Further Education Colleges

7 Underlying Philosophy Social practice model of literacy Learners at the centre Curriculum focus on individual needs Promoting independence and critical awareness Different from English strategy of complementing school process

8 Commitment to new teaching qualification for adult literacy tutors (2007) Development of curriculum framework for adult literacy learners Support to local authority partnerships through Learning Connections (part of Communities Scotland and regeneration agency)

9 Structure of Literacy and Basic Education In Scotland Funding through 32 local authorities Community Learning and Development Strategy Partnerships Adult Literacy and Numeracy Partnerships

10 Local Authorities work in conjunction with Community and Voluntary Groups and Further Education Colleges

11 National Adult Literacy and Numeracy Strategy - 2001 Recommended: Quality assurance processes National training strategy for all, including volunteers New qualification for specialist literacy and numeracy practitioners

12 Communities Scotland Learning connections Professional development award: Introduction to Adult Literacy – launched by Scottish Qualifications Authority in 2003 (level 6 on SCQF) Teaching Qualification under development at level 8 – equivalent to H.Dip and Ordinary Degree

13 Positions available Skills for Life Tutor (Basic Skills Tutor) Qualifications needed Level 4 teaching qualification Subject specialist award (Literacy, Numeracy or ESOL) Experienced practitioners Must get level 2 and 3 basic qualification or Professional Recognition of Learning and Skills

14 Skills for Life support Workers (Support Assistants) Require level 2 or 3 award

15 Resource Pack Literacies in the Community: Good Practice Framework (2000) Distributed to all involved in adult literacy tuition and support

16 Competences An understanding of adult literacies programmes in Scotland and current policies and strategy An ability to demonstrate a broad understanding of good practice in adult literacies provision An ability to demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of a limited range of educational theories of learning including the adult learning process

17 An ability to demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of a range of teaching strategies for reading, writing and numeracy An appreciation of the community education approach to adult literacies An ability to adopt a learner-centered approach with adult learners Understanding how adults learn and what motivates adults to learn

18 An ability to demonstrate an understanding of group working processes and approaches To be able to understand the role and responsibilities of the adult literacies teacher  To possess excellent inter-personal skills and the ability to be able to relate to wide range of adult learners including those with learning difficulties  An understanding of critical learning, reflective learning and evaluation

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