English and Maths

English and maths skills are crucial for people to succeed both in work and their wider lives. However, concerns have long been expressed about the literacy and numeracy skills of the adult population in the UK. The recent International Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) showed that 16.4% of adults (5.8 million) in England score at the lowest level of proficiency in literacy (below Level 1) and 24.1% of adults (8.5 million) score at that level in numeracy. This is why our Manifesto for the UK Elections, calls for a continued entitlement to free learning for English and maths, including GCSE/ Functional Skills Level 2, to ensure that adults who benefited least from initial education have access to high-quality learning that meets their needs.

Browse our extensive resources on English, including Quick Reads, our Inquiry into Adult Literacy and research into Intensive English and maths provision in prisons. (The Learning and Work Institute England site)

Browse our extensive resources on maths, including the Maths Everywhere App, our Inquiry on Adult Numeracy Learning and Voices of Adult Maths Learners. (The Learning and Work Institute England site).