The Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL) has today (Monday 1 March 2021) published its Skills for Life: A New Strategy for English, Maths, ESOL and Digital action plan. It has been written by a collective of practitioners and sector leaders including experts from the Education and Training Foundation (ETF).
The report considers the lessons to be learned from Skills for Life – the strategy which engaged 14 million people in adult literacy and numeracy and supported the achievement of 8 million qualifications in England between 2001 and 2011 – and asks how the next generation of policymakers might build on it to enable England to rise to the challenge of poor adult basic skills. It urges politicians and policymakers to redouble their efforts in this area, presenting a set of forward-looking recommendations to guide the next phase of policy development in 2021–2031.
The report acknowledges the substantial investment by the ETF in supporting educators to develop their digital skills and use of educational technology (EdTech). That investment includes an EdTech offer that embeds use of digital technology in teaching so that learners build skills and confidence in using technology to study, live and work in a digital society; as well as an Essential Digital Skills CPD offer which enables educators to deliver free qualifications aligned to the new national standards for basic digital skills.
It also reflects on the importance of a significant portfolio of well-used resources for teaching on the ETF’s Excellence Gateway site and the growth of English, maths and ESOL into a substantial part of the ETF’s training provision.
The full action plan is available on the FETL website. Expert ETF contributors were Philida Schellekens, Head of English and ESOL, Vikki Liogier, National Head of EdTech and Digital Skills, and Julie Baxter, National Head of Maths.