In early 2015, Education Scotland launched a survey to identify what has changed in adult literacies provision in the five years since the introduction of Adult Literacies in Scotland 2020: Strategic Guidance’ (ALIS 2020). The survey was designed to capture progress, as well as establish priorities and identify challenges for the next five years.
Three overarching themes were identified, these were; increased focus on employability, improved quality of learning and teaching and improved partnerships.
Based on the key findings of this survey, the following areas are proposed for further consideration to help continue to develop adult literacies provision in Scotland.
- Accessibility: Further exploration is required to analyse how best to improve access for literacies learners in a time of reduced resources and weakened infrastructure.
- Learner Voice: Further consideration is required to ensure learner voice is strong throughout local and national policy and planning. The development of the Statement of Ambition for Adult Learning in Scotland will support this work.
- Awareness Raising & Profile of Adult Literacies: There is a clear need to increase the profile of literacies learning and promote the wider benefits through the development of good quality evidence, demonstrating impact and the continued development of national awareness raising campaigns.
- Professional learning and progression for staff: Although the survey demonstrated that practitioners are, on the whole, well trained to deliver quality learning experiences, further consideration is required to investigate how progression opportunities can be further promoted and developed for adult literacies professionals. The development of the Statement of Ambition for Adult Learning in Scotland will support this work.