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Literacy & Numeracy Conference:
Defining and Tackling the Challenge
Wednesday 21st March 2012, Birmingham City Centre


Keeping abreast of requirements and developments in teaching literacy, numeracy and related functional skills

Conference Aston Business School, Birmingham


The Government's review of literacy and numeracy provision has stressed the need for a more rigorous approach to the teaching of basic skills to students leaving school and entering the workforce.  This review is the result of the “New Challenges, New Chances” consultation by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills - BIS - and other recent reports such as Alison Wolf’s “Review of Vocational Education”, “A world-class mathematics education for all our young people” led by Carole Vorderman and “Work, Society and Lifelong Literacy” - Tim Boswell’s inquiry on adult literacy.

The Government has indicated that Functional Skills will replace Key Skills in August/September 2012, a policy which will place significant pressure on all learning providers to ensure that their staff are adequately trained to respond to this change.  The Government has recently announced that apprenticeship frameworks must include Maths and English achievement equivalent to a level 2 GCSE in English and Mathematics.  Where this has not been achieved at school, the burden will fall on the wider FE sector.  

Meanwhile, the Learning & Skills Improvement Service - LSIS - are developing, along with the Awarding Organisations, new L3 subject specific “bridging qualifications” to develop the personal skills of teaching and training staff who will be delivering Functional Skills.

"Although there are excellent providers delivering high-quality literacy and numeracy provision, evidence indicates that the quality of provision across the sector is mixed. This must be addressed.” (BIS 'New challenges, New chances' review)

This one-day conference will focus on the current challenges facing teachers of literacy, numeracy, Functional English and Functional Maths and will give providers an opportunity to share ideas and practice in order to respond to this challenge.

The conference will set the scene with input from respected professionals in the field, focusing on policy, delivery and research findings.  There will be a choice of four workshops in the morning. The afternoon will feature two further addresses, followed by a repeat of the workshop set, giving delegates the chance to benefit from other topics.

Who should attend:

Practitioners and curriculum managers from: 
FE Colleges
Skills Learning Providers
Adult Education 
Awarding Organisations
Universities - ITT, ITE and related staff
Union representatives
Other relevant Government Departments and Agencies

Attendance at this conference will provide excellent opportunities to network and share best practice.

Exhibitor's Stands

The conference will also have a number of Exhibitor Stands. Please visit the exhibitor's page on this website for further information.