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Policy Reports

Policy Reports and Updates

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) provides the key policy documents related to the national Skills Strategy in the UK. More…

The LSIS Excellence Gateway provides access to recent Skills for Life research and development reports. More…

Policy Updates


The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) produces an FE and Skills e-newsletter. Subscribe…


Edexcel’s Policy Services provide the the latest funding, policy and event updates. Sign up…


TALK is the update from the Global Adult Learners’ Network (GLN). Download edition one (PDF) …


The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) provides a Policy Update service fortnightly, summarising the latest major policy developments relevant to the FE and skills sector. More…


Join the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics and receive information and updates. More…


Register with the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) and receive a free quarterly magazine, reflect, by post, a monthly e-newsletter and many other updates relating to your specfic area of interest within literacy, numeracy, ICT and ESOL adult education. More…


The National Institute for Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) offers information about the latest campaigns, publications, policy developments, research, and training opportunities. Register…

The Skills for Life Network

Register for free and receive the fortnightly Skills for Life Network e-news update. More…


Education is a devolved power in Scotland and consequently has its own associated policy documents:

The Literacy Action Plan emphasises the Scottish Government’s commitment to raising the literacy skills of Scotland’s citizens of all ages.

More specifically for adults, the strategic guidance Adult Literacies in Scotland 2020 (ALIS 2020), launched in 2010 outlines more detailed plans to improve the literacies capabilities of Scotland’s adults over the next 10 years.

ALIS2020 states that we should have a skilled workforce who promote high quality learning and teaching, helping learners to achieve their goals. The Professional Development Framework sets out roles, competencies and qualifications for Scotland’s literacies workforce.

Community Learning & Development (CLD) resources that also have relevance to adult literacies include:

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