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Section 1. Policy and background information

Information and recent policy

This section provides links to information and recent policy documents supporting the importance of numeracy. The Leitch Review, Prospects for all in the Global Economy – World Class Skills, makes the case for improving numeracy skills and suggests a goal that 95% of the working-age population should reach at least functional levels of numeracy (defined as Entry level 3) by 2020. As a result, the Government's Skills for Life strategy, Skills for Life Strategy – Changing Lives, sets a challenging Public Sector Agreement (PSA) target of 390,000 working-age adults to have achieved a first numeracy qualification at Entry level 3 or above between 2008 and 2011.

The National Audit Office report Skills for Life: Progress in Improving Adult Literacy and Numeracy highlights the step change needed in the delivery of numeracy.

These documents on policy and background information can inform and support your numeracy strategy.