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Literacy/Numeracy

Volume 403: debated on Monday 7 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many adults are studying (a) basic literacy and (b) basic numeracy in further education colleges; and what proportion this represents of the total studying these subjects. [105138]

[holding answer 27 March 2003]: Information on the number of literacy and numeracy learning opportunities being undertaken by adults on LSC-funded further education provision is presented in the table as follows. For the purposes of basic skills and the Skills for Life Strategy, we define adults as those

Literacy and numeracy learning opportunities being undertaken by adults on LSC-funded further education provision1,2,3 1 April 2001 to 31 July 2002
1 April 2001 to 31 July 20011 August 2001 to 31 July 2002Total—1 April 2001 to 31 July 2002
16 to 1819+16 to 1819+16 to 1819+Total
(a) Literacy
Basic Skills: Literacy11,70075,90012,200107,90023,900183,900207,700
Key Skills: Communication102,60015,900125,10016,800227,70032,700260,400
GCSE English25,20011,40030,50013,80055,70025,20080,900
Total4139,500103,500167,800138,500307,300241,700549,000
(b) Numeracy
Basic Skills: Numeracy14,10031,10024,10060,50038,20091,600129,800
Key Skills: Application of Number107,20015,600130,70017,600237,90033,200271,100
GCSE Maths29,90016,30035,60019,50065,50035,800101,300
Total4151,20063,000190,40097,600341,600160,600502,200
1 These figures are estimates based on the LSC's individualised Student Records data.
2 Only covers LSD funded provision, this detailed enrolment profile is not available for other types of provision.
3 Adults enrolled on both literacy and numeracy learning opportunities will be counted under both categories. There may be some double counting where an adult has enrolled on more than one basic literacy or numeracy course in this period.
4 Excludes those learning opportunities not assigned to specific subjects.