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Raising standards of literacy and numeracy

Our National Literacy and National Numeracy Programmes outline the actions that we are taking to improve standards of literacy and numeracy over a five year period.

The introduction of the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF) and the National Reading and Numeracy Tests are important parts of both programmes. Both the National Literacy Programme (external link) and National Numeracy Programme (external link) can found on Learning Wales.

The National Literacy and Numeracy Framework

The LNF has been statutory in Wales since September 2013 and sets out clear expectations for literacy and numeracy for learners aged 5 to 15. It places an expectation on schools to ensure literacy and numeracy skills are embedded throughout the curriculum.

More information on the LNF, including the interactive framework, resources and classroom materials are available on Learning Wales (external link).

The National Support Programme

The National Support Programme (NSP) helps support schools in the implementation of the LNF by ensuring they receive the necessary support and training. The support is tailored to each individual school and is provided by a specialist. The NSP is available for download on Learning Wales (external link).

The National Reading and Numeracy Tests

All learners in years 2-9 must sit the National Reading and Numeracy Tests. The tests help identify how best to challenge and support learners in developing literacy and numeracy skills. Each pupil receives and individual report at the end of the summer term.

Further information on the tests can be found on Learning Wales (external link).