Evaluation of the National Literacy and Numeracy Programmes


Launched in 2013, the National Literacy and Numeracy Programmes set out to improve pupil achievement and raise educational standards in Wales. It sought to enhance teaching practices in literacy and numeracy and emphasise the use of assessment data to support teaching and learning. 

SQW’s recently published report on the National Literacy and Numeracy Programme (NLNP) in Wales is the final report of a three-year programme of evaluation activity. The study sought to investigate how the NLNP had been interpreted and how NLNP-related activities were implemented. It drew on national surveys of school leaders, area-based case studies and an analysis of pupil performance data in English, Welsh and mathematics at all key stages.

Through the synthesis of this qualitative and quantitative data, the study identified a number of examples of effective practice. It found widespread acceptance that the introduction of the Literacy and Numeracy Framework, in particular, had led to material changes in pedagogical practices that were starting to achieve recognisable improvements in teacher performance (perhaps most importantly amongst those who were not English/Welsh or maths specialists). There is also evidence to suggest that the NLNP has supported the Welsh Government’s wider aim of improving the quality and frequency of teacher collaboration, with senior and middle leaders taking steps to encourage greater collaboration between teachers at their school and teachers in other schools.  

For more information regarding the evaluation, please contact SQW's Project Director, Marian Morris.

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