Literacies work with young people

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Literacies work touches many areas of life and is a responsibility of all practitioners.

Literacies work with young people can cover work up to the age of 25 and can be carried out by a number of different organisations.

Improving educational outcomes for all young people remains a priority for the Scottish Government and literacies support can link to a number of policy areas.  Curriculum for Excellence has been implemented across Scotland to raise standards, improve knowledge and develop skills to help all young people to take their place in a modern society and economy.

Adult Literacies in Scotland 2020: Strategic guidance, Scottish Goverment

The three to 18 age range covered by Curriculum for Excellence crosses over work with adults and families. Literacies work with young people also relates to More Choices, More Chances and 16+ Learning Choices to support young people to make the most of the opportunities available to them in this challenging economic climate.


Big Book of Literacies Training: A resource bank for supporting young people with their literacies (BBLT) 

This is a practitioner-developed resource made up of tried and tested materials used by youth workers and adult literacies staff to support and develop literacies work with young people.  It is aimed at practitioners involved in a variety of contexts who can use and adapt materials to suit their practice.

Mapping Youth Literacies Practice with the 16 - 25 Age Group

Research report on the Scottish Government website about youth literacies in Scotland in 2007. The aim of the research was to capture examples of effective youth literacies practice. The report was commissioned by Learning Connection and written by the Scottish Centre for Research in Education.

Success factors in informal learning: young adults' experiences of literacy, language and numeracy
Report from the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy highlighting the importance of acknowledging the individual needs, hopes and experiences of young adults, as distinct from other age groups. It recommends that learning programmes should include elements of accreditation appropriate to the interests and aspirations of young adult learners.

Networking and communication in youth literacies

The National Youth Literacies Network meets twice a year, providing an opportunity to bring together practitioners from a variety of organisations to explore issues, share practice and find out about developments relating to youth literacies. Information is also sent out by email to the Youth Literacies Network contact group.

'Connect: Communities of Practice' (the national network for CLD practice in Scotland) has a Working with young people section. This provides information and discussion on any topic relating to young people and literacies, as well as a space for sharing practice, ideas and reflections.

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  • More Choices, More Chances

    Explore the action plan to reduce the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training in Scotland.

Connect: Communities of Practice

  • Connect: Working with young people

    This area of the 'Connect: Communities of Practice' online community provides a dedicated space for practitioners working with young people.