Delivering Skills for Life: Family Literacy, Language and Numeracy - A Guide for Policymakers
Department for Education and Skills, 2004
This guide for policymakers puts into context the much expanded family literacy, language and numeracy programmes (FLLN), which aim to address the intergenerational effect of poor literacy and to raise literacy standards across the generations. They come under the umbrella of family programmes, which are coordinated and funded by the local Learning and Skills Councils (LSCs). They are separate from family learning programmes, which have the more general aim of getting adults and children learning and of helping parents and carers learn how to support their children's learning.
According to the guide, most family literacy and numeracy programmes are delivered in schools, usually primary schools, and in conjunction with the local education authority (LEA). The 2004/05 allocation enables a local LSC to agree to part-fund an LEA post, similar to the Skills for Families consultants, to manage the programmes. The LSC suggests 5% (10% maximum) of the FLLN allocation should be used for this purpose. This year the LSC has taken a new approach to agreeing FLLN target numbers, now to be agreed between LSC/LEA partnerships, although national LSC reserves the right to challenge them if they are significantly lower than 2003/04. The guide lists the range of FLLN courses now funded by the LSC, including taster courses and workshops, introductory, short and intensive programmes. There are also some quotes from families who have benefited from these courses.
The guide can be downloaded from http://readingroom.lsc.gov.uk/ or ordered from DfES Publications on 0845 60 222 60, email email@example.com, quoting reference FLLN.