Literacy and numeracy capability – our expectations

Literacy and numeracy capability – our expectations

Last updated 27 February 2017
Last updated 02/27/2017

This page sets out what capability we expect tutors and tertiary education organisations (TEOs) to have to embed literacy and numeracy in foundation-level education.

We want to ensure all learners in foundation-level tertiary education achieve good literacy and numeracy outcomes. Research shows learners benefit from high-quality embedding of literacy and numeracy provision by experienced and capable tutors.

This increased focus on sector capability supports the goals of our Literacy and Numeracy Implementation Strategy, the funding aims for foundation-level education, and the Tertiary Education Strategy’s priority of lifting literacy and numeracy.

New provisions in 2017 funding mechanisms

Foundation-level education funding mechanisms for 2017 have new provisions regarding tutor qualifications and capability.

This table outlines the provisions:

Education supported by this fund…

..must be taught by tutors who are

Funding for teaching and learning at foundation-level

Student Achievement Component fund at Levels 1 and 2

 “are appropriately qualified” 1

Youth Guarantee/DualPathways

Funding for Literacy and Numeracy and English for Speakers of Other Languages

Workplace Literacy and Numeracy

 “hold an appropriate qualification as determined by the TEC” 2

Intensive Literacy and Numeracy

Intensive Literacy and Numeracy Targeted ESOL

“appropriately qualified and experienced ESOL educators” 3

1. 'appropriately qualified' relates to the foundation education qualification they are delivering. This also applies to specialist areas of provision, such as ESOL, Te Reo Māori and supported learning.

As well as ensuring tutors hold appropriate qualifications relevant to the education they deliver, we expect all TEOs to ensure their tutors:

  • have the base-level skills and knowledge required for a professional adult and tertiary teaching practitioner
  • can demonstrate capability in embedding literacy and numeracy provision in foundation-level education.

2.  'hold an appropriate qualification as determined by the TEC' - refer to information under National literacy and numeracy qualifications for educators at the bottom of this page.

3. 'appropriately qualified and experienced ESOL educators' relates to the foundation education qualification they are delivering. This also applies to specialist areas of provision.

We would expect a greater focus on literacy and numeracy capability for tutors in our funding for literacy and numeracy and ESOL.

Our expectations of tutors’ literacy and numeracy capability

We expect all foundation-level tutors to:

  • have the base-level skills and knowledge required for a professional adult and tertiary teaching practitioner
  • know how to embed literacy and numeracy effectively in teaching activities and in a New Zealand context
  • be skilled at using our educational resources (such as the Learning Progressions for Adults and the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (Assessment Tool))
  • be able to effectively meet the needs of all adult learners, particularly Māori and Pasifika learners, and
  • participate in professional development where possible and show evidence of practice change as a result.

How tutors can improve their teaching and literacy and numeracy capability

We recommend TEOs support tutors to complete teaching qualifications and adult literacy and numeracy qualifications so that they have sufficient literacy and numeracy capabilities.

We support several services and tools that help TEOs and tutors improve their literacy and numeracy capability.

More information on services and tools to lift capability and can be found on our resources page.

More information on suitable qualifications to lift capability can be under National literacy and numeracy qualifications for educators, below.

Our expectations for TEOs’ literacy and numeracy teaching capability

We expect all TEOs to invest in the continual up-skilling and professional development of their workforce and to ensure their tutors:

  • have the base-level skills and knowledge required for a professional adult and tertiary teaching practitioner
  • hold appropriate qualifications relevant to the education they deliver, and
  • ensure their tutors can demonstrate competency in embedding literacy and numeracy.

We will consider the extent to which TEOs have invested in the continual up-skilling and professional development of their workforce when making future funding decisions. 

National literacy and numeracy qualifications for educators

We have worked with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and the sector to create qualification pathways for literacy and numeracy educators.

Tutor qualifications should include content and outcomes related to embedding literacy and numeracy in a New Zealand context, the Learning Progressions, and the Assessment Tool.

These skills and knowledge can be found in the 40 credit New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace) (Level 5) [Ref: 2754] – NZCALNE (Vocational/Workplace).

They are also partially covered in the 60 credit New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 5) [Ref: 2993] – NZCATT (Level 5).

Dependent on programme design, they may also be found in programmes leading towards:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Educator) (Level 5) [Ref: 2755].
  • New Zealand Diploma in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Level 6) [Ref: 2756].

The required skills and knowledge may also be gained through professional development courses and programmes (as listed on the Resources page) and in adult literacy and numeracy education undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Suggested qualification pathways for tutors

Tutors will have different professional development needs depending on their current levels of teaching skills and knowledge.

We suggest the following pathways for tutors, in particular situations:

The tutor has…

…but does not have

So we suggest the tutor complete

subject matter expertise and/or qualifications relevant to the education they are delivering.

generic teaching skills or adult literacy and numeracy education skills, because they are new to teaching.

NZCATT (Level 5), and then the NZCALNE (Vocational/Workplace).*

generic tertiary teaching skills and knowledge required to be a proficient teacher at NZQF Level 5 or above

adult literacy and numeracy education skills

NZCALNE (Vocational/Workplace)

NZCATT (Level 5) or similar

sufficient adult literacy and numeracy education, skills, and knowledge required of a proficient tutor

NZCALNE (Vocational/Workplace)*

*Tutors may have their learning from the NZCATT (Level 5) transferred to the NZCALNE, meaning the tutor only has to complete the remaining outcomes of the NZCALNE.

For more information on cross-crediting between these qualifications refer to the Mandatory review of Teacher Education qualifications levels 2–6 on the NZQA website.

Mandatory review of Teacher Education qualifications levels 2–6 (NZQA website)

Te Arapiki Ako webpage on qualifications 

How to complete teaching qualifications

Adult literacy and numeracy education qualifications may be gained via TEO-based programmes, or workplace training programmes.

Tutors can also complete the NZCALNE(Vocational/Workplace) online through a TEC-funded Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Pathways Awarua. Tutors can register as an educator on the Pathways Awarua website to complete this qualification. 

Pathways Awarua website

The online qualification can be done without tutorial support (for a nominal fee) or with tutorial support (for a fee reflective of the tutorial hours needed). 

NCALNE lite (ALEC website)

Recognition or cross-crediting of previous teaching experience

Tutors can apply for a cross-crediting or recognition of prior learning process at TEOs with NZQA programme approval.

For explanation of cross-crediting possibilities amongst adult literacy and numeracy qualifications refer to the NZQA website.

NZQA website

The Adult Literacy Educator fund can help with costs of qualifications

Adult Literacy Educator grants are available which will help offset the financial costs of completing Level 5 adult literacy and numeracy qualifications.

145 grants are available annually and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. These grants are available via two private training establishments (PTEs), VisionWest and Adult Literacy Education and Consulting (AELC) Limited. Contact these TEOs directly for more information. 

VisionWest

ALEC