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Numeracy: Qualifications

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many individuals gained (a) Level 1 and (b) Level 2 numeracy qualifications through Allan Tests in the last five years. (253393)

[holding answer 2 February 2009]: I have been asked to reply.

The information provided relates to the Adult Literacy Language and Numeracy tests. The answer has been given in terms of 2010 PSA target-bearing Skills for Life qualifications.

The following table shows the number of learners achieving at least one approved Skills for Life Level 1 numeracy or Level 2 numeracy qualification from 2004-05 to 2007-08 who attended FE Colleges, University for Industry, Work-based learning and Adult Safeguarded Learning.

The table shows only those achievements which count towards the 2010 PSA target which is to improve the basic skill levels of 2.25 million adults between the launch of Skills for Life in 2001 and 2010. This target was achieved in 2008.

The data prior to 2004-05 is calculated on a slightly different basis to these figures and has not been provided.

Skills for life achievements

L1 numeracy achievements

L2 numeracy achievements

2004-05

118,900

111,600

2005-06

167,100

145,000

2006-07

181,400

159,100

2007-08

190,600

171,200

Note:

Volumes are rounded to the nearest hundred.

Source:

FE, Ufl, WBL and ASL Individualised Learning Records.