Take a look at selected reports and reviews that examine the background on adult literacy skills in England.
Adult Literacy in the UK: A Basic Primer
Adult Literacy Trust (2023)
This guide provides an introduction to the field of adult literacy. It covers: the scale and nature of the challenge in the UK; why some adults have poor literacy; the personal, social and economic benefits of good literacy; how adults learn literacy, including the provision available and how it is funded; as well as current challenges in the sector.
OECD Country Background Report:
Adult Basic Skills and Formative Assessment Practices in England
What works to improve adult basic skills? (2019)
Learning & Work Institute
Changes in government policy and funding in the last decade have reversed previous positive trends
Robert Glick, FE Week (2022)
This op-ed outlines the paramount importance of improving nationwide literacy rates in an increasingly digitised world.