Literacy and numeracy update

29 January 2015

This TECNow provides updates on the following:

• Consultation on the TEC’s Literacy and Numeracy Implementation Strategy
• Information on the qualification requirement for foundation-level tutors
• An update on the TEC’s methodology for determining Assessment Tool usage
• Advance notice that the Department of Corrections is seeking the supply of literacy and numeracy support services

Consultation on the TEC’s Literacy and Numeracy Implementation Strategy

The TEC is refreshing the TEC’s Literacy and Numeracy Implementation Strategy (Strategy). As part of the refresh, we would like your feedback on what needs to be done to lift adult literacy and numeracy skills, achieve the government’s goals, and to improve economic and social outcomes from foundation-level education.

The refreshed Strategy will guide the TEC’s work in adult literacy and numeracy from 2016 to 2020.

The consultation paper and more information are available on the TEC website.

Please send your feedback on the consultation paper to sectorhelpdesk@tec.govt.nz by 5pm Friday 27 February 2015.

Feedback received during this consultation period will be used to develop a draft refreshed Strategy, which will then be released for consultation in April and published in final form by July.

Information on the qualification requirement for foundation-level tutors

2015 is a transitional year for the new qualification requirement for tutors who teach foundation-level courses in the Student Achievement Component (SAC) levels 1 and 2 (competitive and non-competitive, including the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training initiative), Intensive Literacy and Numeracy (excluding ILN ESOL), and Workplace Literacy.  More information on this requirement is available in the TECNow of 10 November 2014.

The list of qualifications that meet the qualification requirement for foundation-level tutors

Currently, the list of qualifications that meet the qualification requirement is as follows:

·         National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) (Level 5)

·         National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Educator) (Level 5)

·         National Diploma in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Level 6)

·         Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Adult Literacy and Numeracy) (Level 7)

·         Master of Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Level 9).

Tutors who have achieved any of the qualifications listed above have met the qualification requirement and do not need to take any further action.

The TEC’s review of other qualifications to determine whether they also meet the qualification requirement for foundation-level tutors

Several tertiary education organisations (TEOs) and individual tutors have asked that the TEC consider other qualifications to fulfil the qualification requirement. These requests are being considered and will be advised through an updated list at the end of February. The list of approved qualifications will continue to be updated as required.

We will also establish a confirmation process for TEOs and individual tutors who would like their qualification individually considered. Details about this confirmation process will be made available in late March so that TEOs and tutors have time to prepare through the transition period.

Request for your feedback on how the TEC intends to apply the qualification requirement to guest educators

The TEC has considered how the qualification requirement may be applied towards guest educators and subject-matter experts who have limited student teaching contact. Based on initial feedback from the sector, the TEC intends to use the following approach:

The requirement applies to educators and tutors who are responsible for the delivery, oversight, and/or management of an entire programme of study.

 

This requirement does not apply to:

·         subject matter experts, guest educators, or guest tutors with specialised knowledge, skills, or expertise who deliver a specific part of a programme of study, where the specific part makes up no more than 10% of the theory-based component of the entire programme of study; and

·         guest speakers or lecturers.

 

If you have feedback on the TEC’s intended approach for guest educators please email sectorhelpdesk@tec.govt.nz by 20 February 2015.

 

An update on the TEC’s methodology for determining Assessment Tool usage

In October, the TEC published a guide to assist tertiary education organisations with understanding the TEC’s methodology for determining Assessment Tool usage. Based on feedback from the sector, the TEC has updated this guide to clarify that the methodology will be used for the Student Achievement Component, Intensive Literacy and Numeracy, Workplace Literacy and Youth Guarantee funds. We have also removed references to industry training organisations (a separate publication on the methodology for Assessment Tool usage for ITOs will be published by the TEC later in 2015).

The updated guide is available under the ‘Methodology for calculating Assessment Tool usage’ section on the TEC website.

Advance notice that the Department of Corrections is seeking the supply of literacy and numeracy support services

The Department of Corrections has published a Notice of Intent to advise the market of its intention to release a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the supply of Prison-based Literacy and Numeracy Support Services.

 

The Department of Corrections is seeking the supply of literacy and numeracy support services that will address the high-level of literacy and numeracy needs present within the prison population that act as a barrier to prisoners successfully engaging in higher-level education, vocational training and other rehabilitative interventions.

 

You can read the Department of Corrections’ Notice of Intent on the GETS website.

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