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European jobs and skills: A comprehensive review, 2014 -

Launched at the European Jobs and Skills Summit last week this first annual European Jobs and Skills review takes an in-depth look at trends in employment and unemployment in countries and regions across Europe

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YouGov Survey Findings -

In our yearly survey of views on numeracy in the UK, a total of 2,347 UK adults – weighted to be nationally representative of the population - were surveyed online on 26/27 February 2014. Within the poll more than one in three adults felt held back by poor numeracy in daily life.

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Cost of outcomes associated with low levels of adult numeracy in the UK -

To support the launch of the National Numeracy Challenge, PBE (Pro Bono Economics) have calculated an estimate of the average costs of low levels of adult numeracy to the UK economy in 2012. They have estimated the costs by considering who bears them. In the report ‘low levels of numeracy’ were those expected of children in primary schools. In England and Wales, almost half the adult population are at that level.

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Numerical reasoning in the Literacy and Numeracy Framework in Wales 2013: What is numerical reasoning and how can teachers support children to develop it? -

“Numerical Reasoning” is one of four strands in the new national framework, in Wales, for developing numeracy across the curriculum.

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The International Survey of Adult Skills 2012: Adult literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills in Northern Ireland (2012) -

Ireland participated in the International Adult Literacy Survey in 1996 together with the rest of the UK. That survey revealed the low level of skills among the Northern Irish population which led the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) to launch the Essential Skills for Living strategy and action plan in April 2002. Thus far the Department has marked the progress of their strategy by accounting for the number of qualifications taken under their new Qualifications routes for Literacy and Numeracy, however unlike England and Wales they have not conducted systematic Surveys of the adult population. Hence, the 2013 PIAAC results are the first to measure skill levels since the 90s. Unfortunately the IALS report did not measure Numeracy per-se, instead focusing on older notion of "quantitative literacies". It is thus impossible to get a sense of the change in numeracy levels since the 90s.

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The International Survey of Adult Skills 2012: Adult literacy, numeracy and problem solving in England -

The Survey of Adult Skills was carried out as part of the first round of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). The OECD claims that the survey measures the key cognitive and workplace skills needed for individuals to participate in society and for economies to prosper.

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'Let's read them a story!' The Parent Factor in Education (2012) -

New findings from PISA show that parental involvement in education is pivotal for the success of children throughout their school years and beyond.

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