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The Growth Of Awareness Of Adult Illiteracy In Britain

APPENDIX 4

FUNCTIONS OF THE ADULT LITERACY RESOURCE AGENCY

The Agency will administer the grants made to the Institute by the Education Departments for combating adult illiteracy in England, Wales and Scotland.  It will be accountable to the Council of the Institute, which will itself be accountable to the Education Departments for its use of public funds, and will help local education authorities, responsible bodies and voluntary agencies by:

(a)providing audio visual and other technological aids, including video tape recorders, initially for use with the B.B.C.’s Adult Literacy Project;

(b)providing teaching materials, much of which may need to be prepared or commissioned by the Agency;

(c)arranging crash programmes of training for adult literacy tutors and for the trainers of tutors;

(d)assisting voluntary organisations prepared to make premises available for adult literacy tuition with minor capital expenditure for necessary improvement;

(e)making such other provision (including such action-research and experimental programmes as can be contemplated within the year) subject to the approval of the Education Departments, which the Agency may consider desirable.

The Agency will also be expected to:

(a)establish relations with local education authorities, responsible bodies and voluntary bodies; invite them to apply for help; encourage them to provide adult literacy tuition; and offer advice an the development of such provision;

(b)co-operate with other bodies working in the field of adult literacy, including the Education Departments and H.M.I.;

(c)comply with the procedures for financial control set out in paragraph 9 below;

(d)

report to the Education Departments at the completion of the project on the progress made and the implications for the future;

(e)

advise the Education Departments on matters relating to adult literacy, including  subjects on which it might be appropriate to undertake research and development.

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