How will we know if adults are improving their literacies capabilities?
Over the next ten years there will need to be a concerted effort from all partners - referral agencies, learning providers, national and local stakeholders - to implement the actions in this strategic guidance document, with the aim of increasing the number of adults with improved literacies capabilities they need to meet the changing demands of modern society, in their families, their workplaces and their communities.
We will know that we are on track for achieving our vision if we can demonstrate that we are contributing to National Outcomes and that our current National Indicator 25 improves, and that we are making progress against the four specific outcomes:
1. Scotland's adults have access to literacies learning opportunities in which they can achieve their goals and progress
2. Adult literacies learners receive high quality learning and teaching so they can achieve their goals
3. Scotland has a coherent and effective adult literacies infrastructure that enables and supports continuous enhancement of provision
4. There is evidence of the impacts and the value of literacies learning for individuals and society
On the following pages, these outcomes are broken down into aims and actions, setting out work which needs to be undertaken sometimes individually, often collaboratively, by a range of organisations at both local and national level. The Scottish Government, and the National Strategic Advisory Group, which advised on the development of these outcomes and aims, would strongly encourage local partnerships, sectors and organisations to create their own adult literacies action plans based on this guidance.
We recognise that the challenge is complex and we would hope to see a proactive, reflective and ongoing response to the actions. Progress towards achieving these outcomes will be reviewed by the Scottish Government every three years, which in turn will feed into the proposed progress reporting to Parliament on the Literacy Action Plan.