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Section 1: The Policy Background

Context and Rationale


The current drive to improving language, literacy and numeracy began with publication of the Moser report in 1999, which led, under the previous administration, to various strategic and policy initiatives under the heading 'Skills for Life'. The current administration has taken this forward with its Skills for Sustainable Growth strategy. As policies and approaches develop different terminology is used. In this kit we refer mainly to Literacy, Language and Numeracy (LLN) as well as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). "Functional Skills" is a current term used to describe practical English, maths and ICT skills used in context. You may also come across older terms such as "Basic Skills" and "Key Skills". These and other names and acronyms are explained in the Skills for Life Jargon Buster.

Overview of this section

The core documents which drive LLN all sit within the government's skills strategy, more detail of which is given within this section.

However voluntary and community organisations have a huge range of different purposes, interests and specialisms, and work with a very wide variety of people. For that reason there are many different policy agendas that impact on your work. These are some of the other key (and often overlapping) areas that may be relevant in this context. Click on the bullet point to read more about that area: