A pair of lecturers from Bedford College have both released learning resources to help those who cannot read and write.
Kevin Norley and Frances Woodward have both released books after seeing the declining standards of literacy and numeracy among young people in education.
Frances, who with her two books has pioneered the teaching of phonic-based reading and writing for older students, said: “It is a sad fact that there are far too many young people and adults who struggle with reading.
“The Rise Report in 2005 concluded that synthetic phonics was the most effective way to teach children to read. My experience leads me to believe it is the most effective way to teach any beginner reader. I have used this approach with adult learners for the past 11 years and it has proved very successful.”
Frances, who uses the techniques from her books, which were released this week, at Bedford College, added: “There are thousands of them out there and we don’t advertise. We get students who very bravely come to see if they can get any help and in times gone the answer has been no. But at the college we realise that it is important to provide this help for them.”
And earlier in the year Frances’ colleague Kevin released making Britain Numerate and Making Britain Literate. Designed for slightly more advanced learners the books offer a practical angle to learning the skills, such as working out an electricity bill, or understanding a newspaper article.
He said: “Schools tend to focus on the teaching of reading in the first few years, and some tend to get left behind.
“As they get further behind and further through school the teachers’ focus is no longer on reading.”
He added: “My books focus on functional skills and are about being able to function in society and engage in society.”
To find out more about the books visit www.forwardwithphonics.com and www.skillsforlifenetwork.com