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  • National Literacy and Numeracy Programme – a strategic action plan

  • © Crown copyright 2016 WG25475 Digital ISBN 978 1 4734 4992 3

    Mae’r ddogfen yma hefyd ar gael yn Gymraeg. This document is also available in Welsh.

    Audience Lead members for education; regional consortia; local authorities’ directors of education; local authorities’ advisers; headteachers and schools’ senior management; literacy and numeracy stakeholder organisations; initial teacher education and training institutions; non-maintained settings; arts, culture and heritage organisations; and other organisations working with schools.

    Overview This document provides an updated overview of the Welsh Government’s clear, shared vision for literacy and numeracy that is supported by local authorities, regional consortia and teachers to improve standards of literacy and numeracy in Wales.

    Action required This document may be used by regional consortia, headteachers and senior school leaders to plan literacy and numeracy across the curriculum.

    Further information Enquiries about this document should be directed to: Curriculum Division Infrastructure, Curriculum, Qualifications and Learner Support Directorate Welsh Government Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3NQ e-mail: [email protected]

    Additional copies This document can be accessed from the Welsh Government’s website at www.gov.wales/educationandskills

    National Literacy and Numeracy Programme – a strategic action plan

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    Contents Ministerial foreword 2

    Introduction 3

    Priority 1 – Ensuring progression in literacy and numeracy for all 6

    Priority 2 – Supporting all teachers and practitioners to be excellent teachers of literacy and numeracy 12

    Priority 3 – Focusing on the learner 17

    Priority 4 – Literacy and numeracy for life 21

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    Ministerial foreword I hold the firm belief that every young person in Wales should reach their full potential and be supported to acquire excellent literacy and numeracy skills during their time in school.

    The National Literacy and Numeracy Programmes, introduced in 2012, set out actions to support teachers to focus more on developing literacy and numeracy skills, and support learners by equipping them with the vital skills they need to succeed and ensuring that these are securely embedded and central to school planning. I am delighted that since introducing the Programmes

    there have been significant changes in Wales around the development of literacy and numeracy skills. We have made great progress!

    Qualified for life reaffirmed these priorities. Literacy and numeracy are the fundamental and essential building blocks that allow us to extend our ambitions for the curriculum. If children and young people are not secure in the basics of literacy and numeracy they cannot access the breadth of the curriculum and the wealth of opportunities and choices it offers. So building on these foundations we have now set out our plans for a new curriculum for Wales, a curriculum for life.

    But the challenge of securing excellence in literacy and numeracy for all children in all schools remains and our plan for the new curriculum makes clear that there is more to do to embed literacy and numeracy across the curriculum.

    I am committed to our shared priorities for literacy and numeracy. Being a literate and numerate person means much more than having a basic ability in these skills. We know that robust literacy and numeracy skills are essential for our young people to lead fulfilling and purposeful lives. That challenge remains with us. I firmly believe that through further joint working on this common purpose, taking forward the actions set out in this document, we can make this vision a reality.

    Huw Lewis AM Minister for Education and Skills

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    Introduction Learners in Wales will enjoy teaching and learning that inspires them to succeed, in an education community that works cooperatively and aspires to be great, where the potential of every child and young person is actively developed.

    Qualified for life (Welsh Government, 2014)

    The National Literacy and Numeracy Programmes published in 2012 set out our plans to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of learners across Wales. The plans set out a number of policy measures which aimed for real and lasting change in the way we approach these essential skills. The programmes set out our intentions to:

    ›› introduce the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF)

    ›› begin national reading and numeracy testing

    ›› support all teachers to be effective teachers of literacy and numeracy

    ›› promote the importance of literacy and numeracy as essential life skills for all learners.

    This document, drawing on the evidence gathered, recognises the central role that schools have played in making these improvements and celebrates all that has been achieved.

    This update reaffirms our commitment to literacy and numeracy and signals our dedication to maintaining momentum in our improvement journey. It also looks forward to the next phase of development for literacy and numeracy and sets a clear direction of travel. This phase is more important than ever as it will:

    ›› build upon the progress made so far

    ›› see the creation of the new Curriculum for life. Along with digital competence, literacy and numeracy will be cross-curricular responsibilities in Curriculum for life.

    Schools throughout Wales have been instrumental in driving forward changes to improve outcomes.

    Schools have embraced the LNF, used the outcomes of tests to inform teaching and further developed the expertise of practitioners.

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    What are our priorities?

    The National Literacy Programme and the National Numeracy Programmes (NLNP) are both presented in this single document. This reflects our joined up approach to developing literacy and numeracy across the curriculum. Our priorities for moving forward are based on evidence gathered from Estyn and the interim report of the ongoing Evaluative Study of the National Literacy and Numeracy Programmes by SQW, as well as conclusions drawn from the delivery of the National Support Programme (NSP).

    Priority 1 – Ensuring progression in literacy and numeracy for all

    Priority 2 – Supporting all teachers and practitioners to be excellent teachers of literacy and numeracy

    Priority 3 – Focusing on the learner

    Priority 4 – Literacy and numeracy for life

    A new curriculum for Wales – a curriculum for life

    ›› The new curriculum will be broad, balanced, inclusive and challenging with the four purposes at its heart to ensure that children and young people develop as: – ambitious, capable learners ready to learn throughout their lives – enterprising, creative contributors ready to play a full part in life and work – healthy, confident individuals ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members

    of society – ethical, informed citizens ready to be citizens of Wales and the world.

    ›› It will be structured around six Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLEs). – Expressive arts. – Health and well-being. – Humanities. – Languages, literacy and communication. – Mathematics and numeracy. – Science and technology.

    ›› Three cross-curriculum responsibilities (literacy, numeracy and digital competence) along with the wider skills will be embedded within the AoLEs.

    ›› Expectations about progression in literacy and numeracy within the new curriculum will be based upon the existing National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF) and the recently developed Areas of Learning for Language, Literacy and Communication and Mathematical Development and programmes of study for English, Welsh and mathematics.

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    ›› Working with Welsh and international experts, 106 Pioneer Schools focusing on curriculum design and development will have a leading role in shaping and defining the new curriculum structure, the content of the individual AoLEs and the manner in which the cross-curriculum responsibilities, along with the wider skills, are embedded within the AoLEs.

    ›› The aim is that the new curriculum for Wales, developed by education professionals across Wales, will be available to schools and settings by September 2018.

    ›› Our ambition is from September by 2021 schools and settings will be using the new curriculum to underpin learning and teaching for children and young people aged 3–16.

    ›› An update on the work of Pioneer Schools on the cross-curricular responsibilities of literacy and numeracy will be published during 2017.

    ›› For more information please visit www.gov.wales/curriculum

    http://www.gov.wales/curriculum

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    Priority 1 – Ensuring progression in literacy and numeracy for all

    We want our curriculum to embody high expectations so that students are challenged and supported to d