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Building better ways to lift literacy and numeracy sector capability

Building better ways to lift literacy and numeracy sector capability

Last updated 24 October 2017
Last updated 24 October 2017

The TEC carried out a review about how to lift the tertiary education sector’s capability to embed literacy and numeracy in foundation-level education. This is to ensure that learners achieve better literacy and numeracy outcomes, and identify how we can better support sector capability.

“We have made significant investment since 2007 in building an infrastructure, supporting literacy and numeracy, and professionalising the workforce. We need to ensure our future approach to lifting sector capability is strategic, and responds to the needs of learners, educators, and Tertiary Education Organisations (TEOs),” says Kathryn Hazelwood, Acting Principal Advisor, Literacy and Numeracy.

Read our Information Sheet and summary of the review findings.

How we will improve the coherence of our capability building programmes

We commissioned Ako Aotearoa (the National Centre of Tertiary Teaching Excellence) to work with the sector to develop new tools to help educators teach better. This includes the development of a foundation-level professional standards framework. The framework would underpin and inform a coherent professional development pathway and new sector capability building programmes. Ako Aotearoa runs the He Taunga Waka professional development programme.

This work also aligns with the Productivity Commission’s New models of tertiary education report recommendation (p389), that tertiary education providers should develop and adopt frameworks of standards for tertiary teaching.

The TEC is committed to supporting high quality professional development and capability building programmes that meet the needs of learners, educators, and TEOs. We are scoping with Ako Aotearoa what programmes would be most useful to build and enhance sector capability. We will advise the sector when professional development offerings become available in 2018.

We will conclude funding for the National Centre for Literacy and Numeracy for Adults at the end of 2017

The National Centre has led and delivered the TEC literacy and numeracy professional development programme, and also developed the Te Arapiki Ako website, “Their contribution, since 2009, has been invaluable in lifting the tertiary sector’s capability to embed literacy and numeracy,” says David Do, Advisor Literacy and Numeracy.

The National Centre has laid the foundation for building educator and organisation capability and raised the profile of adult literacy and numeracy education.

“We thank the National Centre staff for their involvement and contribution over the years. We now move to the next step of our sector capability programme, and shift towards a more cohesive approach, responding to the needs of the sector,” says Kathryn Hazelwood.