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Literacy100 Annual Report, 2022-23


Literacy100 Annual Report 2022 -2023
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2022 has seen necessary changes and some significant progress in the

development of Literacy100 as a charity.


A landmark was achieved in March, when Literacy100 was registered with the

Charity Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. By formalising of

our status there are clear benefits in terms of accountability and public

confidence.


We were advised by the Commission to focus our purpose and objects more on

campaigning and less on educational activities. We were sorry, therefore, to end

our seminar series, and note the ongoing need for good quality training

opportunities focusing on literacy and homelessness. Our final two seminars were

delivered by Julia Olisa in January and by Doctor Anne Margaret Smith of ELT Well

in April. Julia’s session explored ways in which frontline workers in the

homelessness sector can support clients with literacy needs. Anne Margaret

provided a valuable overview of theoretical principles underpinning practical

strategies to develop literacy in people who are also English language learners.


Literacy100’s key strategic event of 2022 was a forum hosted in July by City Lit

College, London. Fifty professionals attended, many in strategic positions within

their organisations and all interested in the quality of adult literacy provision.

There was consensus that a considerable gap exists in current services,

particularly for individuals with the most complex needs.


We were delighted that the majority attending the forum agreed to contribute

their time and considerable expertise to work towards a Charter of good practice,

to be published towards the end of 2023.


Working groups were formed, to focus on the issues of learning, homelessness,

technology, research and advocacy. The Charter aims to achieve greater access

to adult literacy services and higher quality learning programmes. Where possible,

these will leverage existing resources, but we acknowledge that increased funding

is also likely to be needed.


To be impactful, our recommendations will require endorsement from key bodies:

central and local government; adult and further education providers; the

homelessness sector; charities promoting literacy; and library services.


In 2023 to 2024, we will consider how pilot projects might be funded to provide

evidence for the efficacy of principles established in the Charter.

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