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Written Statement - Publication of the National Literacy and Numeracy programme – strategic action plan

Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills

There is a new momentum in Welsh education, driven by our reforms, focused on raising standards across the board. Estyn’s recent annual report made clear that standards of basic literacy and numeracy are improving overall, thanks to the hard work of practitioners and our focus on these crucial skills - but we are not letting up on our drive for improvement.

The Literacy and Numeracy Programmes are a real strength of the Welsh education system, and provide a solid foundation on which to develop the new ‘curriculum for Wales, curriculum for life’.

I am publishing a key document today – the “National Literacy and Numeracy Programme – a strategic action plan” which reaffirms my commitment to meeting the aims set out in Qualified for Life, that every child and young person should benefit from excellent teaching and learning. The plans set out in a single document the actions we will take to improve literacy and numeracy, whilst we move towards a new curriculum.

I want to build on the strengths of the National Literacy and Numeracy Programmes and work hard to close the stubborn gap in achievement between different groups of learners still further. The plan includes our progress to date and actions going forward, giving a clear vision of our strategy for literacy and numeracy in order to reduce inequalities and raise attainment and well-being of all children.

I am committed to ensuring that all children have the opportunities and experiences they will require to develop excellent literacy and numeracy skills for life. I would urge all practitioners to take the time to read the action plan and continue with us on our journey towards the truly world class education system in Wales our children deserve.

The National Literacy and Numeracy Programme - a strategic action plan (external link).