Adult Literacy in London

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th September 2019.

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Photo of Joanne McCartney Joanne McCartney Labour

What plans do you have to enable adults in London to improve their literacy skills?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Supporting more adults in London to gain good literacy skills is a key priority in my Skills for Londoners Strategy.

Through the Adult Education Budget (AEB), all Londoners aged 19+ can take fully-funded English qualifications, up to and including Level 2. Additionally, many English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses delivered through the AEB are focused on improving adult literacy.

I recently launched the £6.4m Skills for Londoners Innovation Fund to support projects that meet my priorities for skills and training in London, including improving basic English and maths skills, particularly where it supports job progression.

I am also using the European Social Fund 2019-23 programme to pilot innovative approaches to supporting more adults in low-paid work in key sectors to overcome the barriers to participating and completing basic English and maths courses delivered through the AEB. I will also be commissioning research into these barriers which will inform a package of wraparound support for AEB learners.