NALA policy papers and submissions

Review of the teaching and learning content on WriteOn.ie

This paper sets out the discussion and findings from an internal review of the teaching and learning content of WriteOn.ie, NALA's interactive website. The main purpose of the review is to determine the ‘fitness for purpose’ of the website’s teaching and learning content in the context of the increasing demand for literacy, language and numeracy learning opportunities.

Literacy for life, literacy for all

NALA believe there is a need for new thinking to develop a radical, creative and ambitious plan to meaningfully improve adult literacy, numeracy and digital skills in the next 10 years. This document shows how we are thinking big to create a vision for adult literacy post 2020.

Plain English and the law

This booklet highlights the importance and benefits of clear communication from a legal perspective. Our aim is to show you how plain English can save you time and money by avoiding unnecessary legal costs.

This booklet has three parts.

NALA Submission to DES Strategy Consultation

In May 2016 the Department of Education and Skills (DES) invited NALA to submit our views on the development on the proposed new Strategy for Education and Skills 2016-2018. This document contains NALA's submission on the consultation paper and outlines our recommendations to the DES.

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NALA submission to the Joint Committee on Education 25 11 2015

On Wednesday 25 November 2015 NALA made a presentation to the Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection. At this presentation we put forward a very strong case that people with poor basic skills should be prioritised. Specifically, we asked that there is a guarantee of support to all adults with less than a Level 4 qualification to go back to learning; and an intensive basic education course at Level 3 to unemployed people with low qualification. This document is our submission.

Literacy, numeracy and activation among the unemployed

It is well established in research that people with weak literacy and numeracy skills are more likely to be unemployed. Therefore, it should follow that this issue is an important consideration in labour market policy and more particularly activation policy.

NALA submission to SOLAS

SOLAS is the new national authority for further education and training  that will be established in 2012.   The Department of Education and Skills issued a consultation paper (20/12/2011) on the establishment of SOLAS.   NALA provided the following response (19/1/2012) to the consultation paper.  The submission responds to the set of specific questions provided in that paper, in the order they were asked.   If you have any feedback on this submission, please contact jstewart@nala.ie.

NALA submission to the high level expert group on literacy - September 2011

NALA welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the High Level Group (HLG) on Literacy. We hope to contribute to the Group‟s aim of finding ways of improving the literacy performance of young people and adults and to help Member States meet the benchmark to reduce the EU average proportion of low performing 15 year olds to 15% by 2020.

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