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I would just like to add a few statistics about the adult population of England to do with literacy and numeracy.

In 2015, the OECD conducted its Survey of Adult Skills, known as PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies). This survey found that 16.4% (or 1 in 6) of adults in England, have literacy levels at or below their Level 1 (different from the UK level 1), which is considered to be 'very poor literacy skills'. At Level 1: Adults can read relatively short digital or print texts to locate a single piece of information that is identical to or synonymous with the information given in the question. Knowledge and skill in recognising basic vocabulary, determining the meaning of sentences, and reading short paragraphs of text is expected.

The World Literacy Foundation said one in five of the UK population are so poor at reading and writing they struggle to read a medicine label or use a chequebook. According to research, this rate of illiteracy is costing the UK economy 81 billion a year in lost earnings and increased welfare spending.

Van Gogh's bedroom; no way to be living in a city of 8 million people like London but what can you do? :) I lived in a place like this when I taught in London.

I just took a numeracy test online (18/03/2019)

The reason I've put this here is because good numeracy should lead to better health, employment and higher wages all other things being equal, certainly if you can say that only 22% of hte population has this level of numeracy then it's quite impressive

Mark Benniman 03/2019

 

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