Basic Skills: Greater London

Department for Education written question – answered on 21st September 2017.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Labour, East Ham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of adults lacking core skills in (a) literacy, (b) numeracy and (c) information technology in (i) Greater London and (ii) the London Borough of Newham.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Department for Education)

The Government is supporting adults in England to develop the basic English, mathematics and digital expertise they need for future employment. This is why we provide full funding for adults to access a range of English and mathematics courses up to and including GCSE and equivalent qualifications. We are introducing a similar right to funding for specified Information and Communication Technology (ICT) courses.

The Skills for Life Survey, 2011, estimated the literacy, numeracy and ICT knowledge of adults aged 16-64 in England, including estimates for regions and local authorities. ICT knowledge was assessed against four component elements, including word processing, emailing, spreadsheets and a multiple choice assessment of other ICT expertise such as internet use. The estimates of the numbers and percentage of the adult population with different levels for these components, for England, London, and Newham are in the attached table.

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